Jan 02 2016

winter prepCostly repairs or replacement of appliances, equipment, or other features in your River Oaks, Texas, home, can put a lot of strain on your pocket. One of the best ways to protect your home is to follow a regular home maintenance schedule. Get through the winter season safely and comfortably by making sure that everything is in place so you will be protected no matter what the weather brings.

Find Air Leaks

Homes that are poorly sealed can result in significant energy loss. Taking steps to find and seal air leaks in a drafty home can save money and improve your heating system’s performance. Check around doors, window frames, and around sockets. Also, check any piping or wiring that comes through walls. Air can leak through the gaps and creases around these structures. You can use caulking, weatherstripping, and insulation spray foam to tackle these leaks.

Make Windows Energy Efficient

Windows are one of the primary sources of heat loss. Windows cause heat loss not only because of air leaks but because of the windows themselves. Depending on the extent of the problem, the solution might be to replace your windows entirely. Newer more energy-efficient models provide effective barriers from the cold outdoors.

Clean Out Gutters

Over time and through the seasons, debris like leaves, nuts, or fruit from trees, can gather in your gutters, and prevent melted ice or snow from flowing away. This can cause ice dams to form leading to even bigger problems. Check your gutters for debris and clear them out as soon as possible.

Seal an Unused Fireplace

Seal your fireplace whenever it’s not being used. Warmth from indoors quickly and easily escapes through the chimney, while chilly air from outside easily funnels through and comes indoors. If you don’t plan to use the fireplace at all this season, then consider using inexpensive options like an inflatable chimney balloon.

HVAC System Maintenance

Simple tasks like changing your air filter regularly can make a big difference. It’s important to schedule regular maintenance so the components of your system can be properly serviced. Contact Conditioned Air at 281-201-0356 for expert and reliable service.

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