Winter is upon us, and although most of Texas doesn’t get too cold, it’s important not to skip the annual “getting your house ready for winter” checklist. Here are some tips for winterizing your home in Texas.
Seal Air Leaks
Almost every winter checklist recommends sealing air leaks, but what does air sealing mean? Simply put, air sealing is using caulk to keep air from escaping your home. The Department of Energy says that sealing leaks can increase your energy savings by 10-20%. Saving that much energy from a project that normally costs between $3-$30 is an absolute bargain.
Make sure to prepare all the doors and windows! If you aren’t quite ready for replacement, update them with new weatherstripping. You can also replace your old doors and windows for maximum energy savings.
Winterize Your Sprinklers
Before the threat of frozen pipes and clogged valves becomes an issue, winterize your sprinkler system. You can do it yourself or hire a pro. HomeAdvisor’s “True Cost Guide” estimates this professional service to cost between $52-$111, so it’s not going to break the bank.
Add a Sweep to Busy Doorways
Weatherstripping may not be enough if you’re losing warm air from under a door. You can install a draft guard to help close those gaps and keep the heat inside. If you’re ready to replace your less efficient door with a new model, you’re only one click away from better cold-weather insulation with Window World TX.
Close the Fireplace Damper
Be sure to close the damper before cold weather arrives if you have a fireplace. If you don’t plan to use your fireplace this year, you can add a chimney balloon for extra insulation.
Test Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
While you should test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors year-round, most house fires happen during winter. Check the batteries and functionality of your detectors to be sure they’re working correctly, and get a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t have one.
Switch Ceiling Fan Directions
If you’ve never changed your fan’s direction before, get ready to be blown away. Flipping the switch found near the fan motor will change the direction it spins. Since heat rises, a clockwise direction in cold months will push warm air from the ceiling back down into the room. Just set it back in the spring to continue saving energy year-round.
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