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6 Tips to Winterize Your Home in DFW

By Lee Harbaugh

Winter is upon us, and if you haven't done so already, now is the time to prepare your home for the cold weather!

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Here are 6 tips to ensure your home stays warm and safe all winter long:

  1. Have your heating system checked and serviced if necessary. Here in DFW, we don't run our heaters near as much as we do our air conditioners, but it's still a good idea to have a professional take a look at your system to ensure it is running smoothly and safely.
  2. Protect your pipes. Most of us don't have to worry much about this in our area, but if your home has pipes that might be exposed to the frigid temps, make sure they are wrapped and insulated.
  3. Have your chimney cleaned. If you have a wood-burning fireplace that you use frequently, you should have it checked and cleaned at least every 3 years.
  4. Disconnect water hoses. When temps dip well below freezing, a faucet with a water hose that is connected is at risk of bursting.
  5. Seal cracks and openings. If you feel cold air coming in around your doors and windows, apply fresh caulk to any cracks or openings you see.
  6. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. The winter months are when carbon monoxide poisoning is most risky.