Even in Texas, it is important to winterize your home for the colder weather to ensure proper home warmth and functionality while reducing heating and maintenance costs.
Here are a few tips to winterize your home this season:
Tip #1: Protect your pipes.
When pipes freeze, they can burst suddenly–resulting in severe damage and costly repairs. To winterize pipes for the colder weather, insulate them with sleeves and special tapes or use other tactics such as opening cabinets under the sinks or allowing faucets to drip lukewarm water.
Tip #2: Program your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to customize heat circulation in the home, so the system does not run when you don’t need it. Altogether, programmable thermostats help significantly to maintain inside temperatures and help save on ferocious energy bills.
Tip #3: Check your fireplace.
Before lighting the first fire, be sure to winterize your fireplace in your home. Animal nests or debris buildup in your fireplace can be hazardous. To avoid any damage so you can fully enjoy your fireplace during the cold weather this season, have it inspected thoroughly to ensure proper function.
Tip #4: Weatherproof your home.
Whether it be weather-stripping, installing storm doors and windows, caulking corners or boosting insulation in the attic, weatherproofing is important to fully winterize your home. Cold, outside air will then be prevented from entering your home or heat from escaping it.
Tip #5: Don’t forget about the outside!
Although we are focused on the insides of our homes, don’t forget to winterize the important assets outside–such as covering or bringing in plants and storing away outdoor furniture and grills to avoid damage from ice.
Once you winterize your home and still don’t feel confident in your homeowners insurance coverage, contact the professionals at Stone Insurance Group for the ultimate customized insurance solution.