Though it is hard to believe with Houston’s 90-degree temperatures, Winter is coming sooner than we think! This is the perfect time of year to make sure your home is ready to brave the cold and moisture of the Winter. Follow these tips for winterizing your home to be sure your home comes through the season in the best shape possible!
Clean out your gutters. Keeping the gutters free of debris will allow water to flow freely, which can help reduce the likelihood of icicles, which can cause costly damage. This is a simple task that most anyone can do for their own home without having to pay someone to do it. With the repairs that may result from clogged gutters, you may not be so lucky.
Replace your air filters regularly in your central air and heating system. Changing out your filters will keep your air circulating efficiently and your system working at optimal levels. It will also help you avoid more costly repairs down the road by lengthening the life of the components of your system.
Change the direction of your ceiling fans. We don’t always think of a fan as a heating tool, but when rotating clockwise, the fan will actually pull warm air down off the ceiling and push it toward the floor. This could help keep your heating system from overworking.
Drain garden hoses and sprinkler systems. Once those last Autumn watering times are over, it is time to drain and store your garden hoses. You may want to have a professional come and drain and blow out your sprinkler system. Getting any residual water out can help protect your whole system from damage.
Insulate faucets. Your faucets on the exterior of your home will need to either be wrapped or have an insulation cap installed. This will prevent cold air from entering your home at the site of pipe exit and freezing the water in your pipes.
Keep your garage door closed. This will help keep some parts of your house warmer by not letting in cold air. There is often a kitchen or bathroom near the garage, so keeping the door closed will help keep the pipes in those rooms warmer.
Never turn your heat off in Winter. Even if you are leaving town, never leave the heating system in your home off. This creates the potential for frozen pipes busting and leaving a leak in your home. Instead, set your thermostat to a minimum of 55°F.
Consider a space heater for particularly vulnerable pipes. If you expect a deep freeze and your pipes run along an exterior wall, you may want to consider a space heater to keep the pipes thawed.
These practices will help in winterizing your home to prepare for the worst. If you prepare for the worst and things don’t get that bad, your home will still be safe! Winterizing your home can help protect you from very costly damage and keep your home in great shape!