Winterizing Your Home in South Texas

Even in South Texas, we need to be aware of winter weather. We never know when we will get a freeze. Of course it warms up the next day. Welcome to Texas! If you don’t like the weather, just wait!

We have collated a list of weather preparation tips for winterizing your home:

  1. Have your heating system checked by a professional HVAC company
  2. Replace your filters
  3. Install a programmable thermostat
  4. Have your builder check your insulation levels, it might be a good time to add insulation to areas that allow cool air to come in
  5. Flush and inspect your water heater or have a professional Plumbing company perform this service
  6. Change the rotation of your ceiling fans, there is a small switch on the fan near the blades, change the direction in the winter
  7. Weather strip doors and windows to prevent air leaks
  8. Cover pipes and know how to shut off your water valve in the event of a leak
  9. Clean gutters to help with clogs during a downpour
  10. Replace batteries of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors
  11. If you have a fireplace, make sure the damper is the open position before lighting a fire
  12. Adjust your sprinkler system to once or twice per week to keep your trees and foundation healthy (because we live in South Texas, continued watering around the foundation will prevent soil from drying out)

Also, right now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs and spring bulbs to help beautify and increase the value of your home.

According to Texas Agrilife Extension Service, “Fall planting follows the heat of summer, before a cool winter season, and trees and shrubs planted in the fall use this to good advantage. Plant roots grow anytime the soil temperature is 40 degrees or higher, which may occur all winter in Texas. During the winter months, the root systems of the fall-planted specimens develop and become established. When spring arrives, this expanded root system can support and take advantage of the full surge of spring growth. Fall is the optimum time to plant balled and burlapped trees and shrubs. Balled and burlapped plants have ample time to recover from transplanting and proliferate roots before spring growth begins. Remember, however, all bare root plants, including roses and pecan and fruit trees, should be planted in late winter when they are completely dormant.”

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/newsletters/hortupdate/2009/oct09/FallIdeal.html

S. Gentry Custom Homes helps you pick out the ideal build site, and together, design the perfect home that matches your dreams and desires, family lifestyle and budget. Our expert, skilled craftsmen, with whom we have had a successful long-term relationship, build your project with exacting standards. Scott Gentry is personally involved with every phase, making your dreams come true so you can share your new home with family and friends and create a lifetime of memories. http://www.SGentryCustomHomes.com

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