Everything’s bigger in Texas…except the cost of winterizing your home, says the team at TexasLending.com. Here, the Dallas-based mortgage provider answers questions about getting ready for the big chill.
Q: How should I prepare my appliances for potentially freezing weather?
TexasLending.com: The majority of your home’s appliances are located in the finished areas of your home, so there’s no special preparation necessary. However, a garage-based hot water heater should be insulated and flushed to remove any sediment.
Q: What causes burst pipes in homes?
TexasLending.com: As water freezes, it expands. If enough water collects inside of pipes, the pressure brought about by this expansion can cause sudden and costly damage. Pipe insulation is an extremely affordable way to prevent busted pipes. It is available at most hardware stores and is easy to install without special tools, experience, or equipment.
Q: How does a ceiling fan play a role in heating my home?
TexasLending.com: The direction in which a ceiling fan turns makes a huge difference to both the heating and cooling of your home. During the winter, as warm air collects in the few feet directly below your ceiling, your fan should be switched to rotate in a clockwise direction. This forces the air to the center of the room, keeping it warmer longer.
Q: How big of a problem are air leaks?
TexasLending.com: Air leaks around windows, doors, and fireplaces can reduce your home’s energy efficiency by up to 30%. In fireplaces, the damper should be closed when not actively in use. Windows and doors should have weatherstripping installed anywhere a gap exists. And don’t neglect the exterior of your home. A $3 tube of caulk will help to plug any leaks around windows or doors, further sealing your home against heat loss.
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