02 Dec Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Home for a Texas Winter
There’s no secret we all struggled during last year’s historic winter storm in Texas. How can you better prepare for this winter? Winterize your home by following our expert guide to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming winter months. Lower your utility bill and worries with the following Texas winter preparations.
Change Your Air Filter
As you begin to winterize your Texas home, make sure to change your air filters. Changing air filters is essential for your heating systems optimization. Old air filters can be harmful, its trapped pollutants can lead to irritants inside your home contaminating the air. The question of clean air should not be added to the list of worries.
Each HVAC system has its own filter size and recommendations. If you are having trouble locating your heating system’s filter size, one of our experts at Quarter Moon Plumbing, AC, and Heating can assist you.
Flush Your Water Tank
Everyone wants warm showers during winter, but this means extra strain on your water heating system. Sediment buildup at the bottom of your tank can reduce the energy efficiency of the water heater. Make sure your water heater is fully functioning before hot showers are a necessity by draining your tank 1-2 times a year.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
Insulation is key when it comes to Texas winter preparations. Windows, doors, and attics are the leading causes of heat loss in your home during Winter. These heat loss agents allow cold air in, while letting warm air out. If you start to notice air leaks in these three main areas of your home, contact the professionals at Quarter Moon Plumbing, AC, and Heating. We’ll make sure your HVAC system is prepared for the winter season in Texas.
Change Ceiling Fan Direction
As the Texas weather changes, so should the direction of your ceiling fans. During the winter months, your fans should spin clockwise (from left to right). Most ceiling fan switches can be found on the fan’s exterior. Switching the airflow of your fan clockwise creates an updraft and circulates warm air around the room. Recirculating warm air will help your HVAC system run
less often. In return, you could save roughly 15% on your utility costs.
Schedule a Professional Tune-Up
Just like a wellness check, car inspection and dentist visit, you should always schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional to avoid any potential problems. One of our experts at Quarter Moon can evaluate your HVAC system’s current state and identify any potential problems that should be addressed before its heavy usage in the upcoming winter months.
Contact Quarter Moon Plumbing, AC, and Heating to winterize your home before it’s too late!