Thursday November 30, 2017
While the weather hasn’t gotten too cool yet, winter is quickly approaching in DFW! The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts Texas could get hit with snowy periods in late December and early to mid-February. Whether you believe the predictions or not, it’s a good time to get your home prepared for anything during the remaining weeks of fall! Start by reviewing our list of winter home maintenance tips:
Check the insulation in your attic and crawlspace and seal areas around recessed lights and plumbing vents that could allow warm air from living areas to escape to the attic.
Change Air Filters
It’s recommended to change your air filters (at minimum!) every three months to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. However, before you go out and buy a new filter, be sure to check what type is recommended by your system’s manufacturer to ensure it won’t affect the airflow of your heating system.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Many of our Normandy Homes come with Ecobee programmable thermostats, which are fully customizable to your lifestyle! Setting your smart thermostat to automatically turn down the heat when you are away from home will help you save on energy costs and will also keep your HVAC system running efficiently.
Clean Out Gutters
Blocked rain gutters can cause water to overflow and fall along the foundation, potentially leading to cracks. Scoop out all debris from your rain gutters and then follow up with a good rinse from a hose.
Check for Drafts
Inspect and replace worn out weather stripping to doors and windows to keep the cold out. Check electrical outlets, switch plates, baseboards, fireplace dampers, vents and fans for any cracks or gaps.
Maintain Safety Devices
Are your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors working? Replace the batteries if needed. Also check to make sure your fire extinguisher hasn’t expired and inspect the pressure gauge—if the needle is in the green area, it is functional. Replace as needed.
By taking some extra time to get your home ready for winter, you can avoid potentially costly repairs and keep your home safe and warm all winter long! Normandy Homes wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.