Fall has been with us for a while here in North Texas, and winter is just around the corner! If it’s costing more money to keep your home warm this season, now is the time to start doing something about it. Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to start weatherproofing your home. Here are five things you can do to keep out the chill and make your family more comfortable during the holiday season.
Deal with Drafts
Drafts usually come in through cracks around door and window frames. One easy way to detect a draft is to strike a match or light a lighter and pass it in front of the door or window you suspect might be drafty. If the flame flickers, air is coming in from the outside. That’s not good for your comfort or your heating bill!
Weatherstripping and paintable caulk can help prevent drafts. Purchase some from your hardware store and use according to directions. If your windows need waterproofing or if the glass needs to be replaced, call Texas Best to get the job done!
Check Your Insulation
Insulation is an effective barrier that protects your home from outside temperatures. With sufficient insulation, especially in your attic or crawlspace, you can keep out most of the chill that creeps in through your roof and walls.
Give your insulation a checkup at least once a year. You want to make sure there are no gaps where air can pass into and out of your home. Look for signs of critter infestations, too. They sometimes build nests and do damage to your insulation. If you have batt insulation, consider upgrading to spray foam for better energy-efficiency.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Your roof has a big job: it keeps you and your family safe, dry, and secure. If the recent storms have done damage to your roof, you might not be able to see it from ground level. Check your ceiling and interior walls for signs of discoloration, bulging or bubbling paint, and mildew growth. All these are signs of water damage from a leak.
To be on the safe side, we recommend having a professional roof inspection. Roofers are used to walking on damaged roofs and searching for hidden damage and soft spots. They can also help you navigate the insurance claim process.
Get a Smart Thermostat
It has become a running joke that fathers are very possessive over the thermostat, but there’s a good reason: it’s expensive to heat or cool a home! Take control over your energy bills with a programmable thermostat. You can go as simple or as fancy as you like. Some are even app-controlled and easily integrate with your smart phone.
These thermostats allow you to keep your home warm in the evenings when your family is present and allow it to get cooler during the day when no one’s home. Because you’re no longer running your heat constantly, you should notice a dip in your energy costs.
Hire a Professional
If weatherproofing your home is a bigger task than you anticipated, hire a professional to help! Texas Best Window Cleaning does much more than clean windows; we can help you weatherstrip your doors and windows, replace and upgrade your glass to keep the cold air out, and even clean out your gutters to prevent water from backing up onto your roof. Our team works hard so you can enjoy your home in comfort all year long!
Texas Best Window Cleaning: Your DFW Weatherproofing Experts
The holidays are for fun and family time. Don’t leave your guests shivering because your home isn’t properly protected against the cold weather. Call Texas Best to weatherproof your home! We serve Dallas, Fort Worth, and all the surrounding areas. Contact us today!