Freezing Weather is Here, Houston!

Here’s 6 ways to weatherize your Houston home this winter:

Whether you live in a house or a condo, these tips will help protect your Houston area property and help your home feel cozier on the coldest winter days.

One: Have Your Heating System Inspected

It’s always smart to have your heating system inspected at least once a year to make sure that there are no issues or leaks with your heating unit, especially if you live in an older home or condo building. Change your air filters every 30 – 60 days to keep air flowing properly through the heating system.

Two: Check Your Attic Insulation

Even if you don’t have a thermogenic scan of your insulation, a visual attic inspection can reveal places to improve your home’s insulation. If your attic insulation is uneven, has settled, or the layer is less than 6” thick, you may want to consider replacing your old insulation or adding more if the current insulation is in good condition. Sometimes newer homes need more insulation. A few more inches can help lower utility bills and make your home more comfortable.

Three: Properly Seal Windows & Doors

Check and repair or replace the seals on your doors and windows. This helps keep cold air from flowing into your home and expensive heated air from flowing outdoors. If you feel cold air drafts around doors and windows, you can consider DIY options available to create a tight seal. Doing this now will help keep air conditioning inside next summer, too!

Four: Cover Your Outdoor Faucets

When the weather drops below freezing, be sure to cover your outdoor faucets with those styrofoam faucet protectors and wrap exposed pipes as well. This small investment can save you from expensive repairs and inconvenience!

Five: Protect Your Plants

Small potted plants can be moved inside when the weather drops to freezing temperatures. Covering your flower beds and large plants with light weight bed sheets can help them survive freezing conditions.

Six: Protect Your Pets, Too

When the temperature dips close or below freezing, protect your pets as well as your home. If your pets stay outdoors for an extended period, day or night, make sure they have dry shelter and bedding to keep warm, lots of fresh water and food. Remember, you should not leave pets (or children) alone in vehicles during extremely cold or hot weather.

If you have any questions about these tips or are wondering if winter is a good time to buy or sell a home, call us! Kayla or Cathryn Pop Realty (713) 714-5926

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