North Central Texas is generally known for its humid, hot climate and sometimes suffers severe storms, especially in spring. It’s not often associated with the awful winters found in the northern states. In fact, daytime temperatures in winter can average 65 °F (18 °C) or higher. Many residents consider the fall season to be best with agreeably mild weather between the end of September and into December. The major storms that can occur during spring are rarely seen in the area during these months.
But winter can have a nasty side too with ice storms, snow storms and blizzards and while these aren’t common, they can impact heavily on your new home if you’re not prepared. These extreme winter conditions are most likely to affect North Texas, The Texas Panhandle and West Texas.
Because prevention is better than cure, take some simple steps to keep your property a safe welcoming haven by winterizing your home. Here are our top tips:
1. Every year you should have your heating system examined by a professional. You need to be sure that the system is functioning safely and efficiently. An efficient system will save you money in operating costs; a badly maintained system – apart from being dangerous – can eat up the bucks.
Should you favour wood, either using a stove or fireplace, it will need cleaning once a year. The chimney flue must be checked for any build-up of creosote or soot and be sure to have it cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.
2. Now is the time to replace all the batteries in any smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors.
3. Check to be sure your home is suitably insulated. By insulating the walls and attic, you will save energy and reduce your home’s power demands for heat.
3. Keep the cold air outside, where it belongs, by caulking and the use of weather-strips on doors and windowsills.
4. Add an extra layer of insulation by installing storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside, keeping even more cold air out.
5. Don’t forget the gutters; clean them out now because leaves and other rubbish will stop them from draining efficiently.
6. Don’t forget the gutters; clean them out now because leaves and other rubbish will stop them from draining efficiently.
7. Check your water heater and flush it out.
8. Take precautions to keep your pipes from freezing by wrapping them in insulation or layers of newspaper, then cover with plastic to keep them dry. If a cold snap is threatening, you can set your faucets to drip very slightly to avoid freezing. Locate your water valves so that in the event of an emergency you will know how to shut them off.
Take some time to prepare early for anything winter can throw at you and enjoy the season fully.