It’s time to get ready. And that means preparing your home to protect against cold weather. Even here in West Texas, the winter chill has arrived. We may not have the bitter cold other parts of the country experience, but winter can still be hard on you and your home. With that in mind, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric has some tips for you when it comes to winter home safety.
Let’s start with a partial checklist of things you should do to protect your home against winter weather:
- Caulk or weather-strip windows and doors as needed
- Disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses
- Shut off water to outside spigots
- Clean your gutters
- Insulate any exposed water pipes in a crawl space
The season can also expose shortcomings in your home’s insulation. It can make your life uncomfortable and send the heating bills out-of-sight. Armstrong features attic insulation by Owens-Corning and Certainteed.
It’s a good thing to protect your home, but it’s even more important to protect your personal safety. The heating season is the dangerous time of year for carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have CO detectors, now is the time to replace the batteries and test them. If you don’t, call Armstrong. We feature detectors by Honeywell. The best way to prevent CO poisoning is to have furnace maintenance performed by our team of experts. An annual furnace tune-up includes a test for the presence of carbon monoxide gas. If you have a fireplace, the chimney and flue should be inspected every year.
On a more personal level, be sure to protect yourself against cold weather. It doesn’t have to be bitterly cold to get hypothermia or frostbite. If you don’t dress properly, even the cold weather we experience can be dangerous. Learn the warning signs and take precautions.
Remember, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric is always here to help with any HVAC repair or other home comfort needs that come up this winter in your Lubbock, TX home. Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get more great information about keeping your home safe and comfortable.