Texas weather is a mystery to us all, and while your local meteorologist can predict the weather to the best of their ability, even they get it wrong sometimes. So the best thing you can do for your home is to be prepared, especially if we have another winter like 2020.
Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric wants to make sure our neighbors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are protected from any unexpected damage to their homes! That’s why we’ve put together the most crucial tips on how to prepare your home’s HVAC unit for this upcoming winter season.
One of the most impactful things you can do to help your home battle the colder temperatures is insulating the barren parts of your plumbing and heating systems. According to the Department of Energy, “Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs.” Without insulation, all the heat your furnace produces is eventually wasted.
Keeping Doors and Windows Shut:
Historically, snow in Texas is a rare occurrence, but as of late, all the more common. And while it may not be fun to drive in, a Texas winter wonderland is a delightful experience. Although it can be tempting to bounce from outside to inside, unfortunately, heat escapes every time you open your door, and this will force your heater to make up for the lost heat, costing you more.
Changing Furnace Filters:
Regularly changing your furnace filters keeps your system working at its best. A unit with a dirty filter will have to work harder to produce the same result, effectively raising your energy costs.
Lowering the Temperature:
Lowering the temperature in your home during the winter months is a great way to keep your furnace from being overworked. On the other hand, setting your thermostat too high will force your heater to work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home at a safe temperature during a freeze.
Ensure Heating Systems Are Tuned Up:
Last but not least, in order for your plumbing to run smoothly at all times, you should have your water heater and HVAC system checked to ensure they can function properly in the winter. Your HVAC system can actually help keep your interior pipes insulated, so a great heating system can make a huge difference in your comfort and also in your home’s protection during the winter.
Water heaters and similar systems need to be tuned up before the winter as well since they are instrumental in keeping your water from freezing. If your water heating system hasn’t been inspected recently, call Bacon for a quick and thorough inspection service.
The expert plumbers at Bacon are always here for any questions or concerns you may have about preparing your home for the winter. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help! When it comes to protecting your home, the team at Bacon has the experience to make sure your home is taken care of.