5 Handy Tips to Prep Your Home for a Cozier Winter

1. Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

Did you know that your ceiling fan should rotate counterclockwise in the summer months to push warm air upward? We definitely want to relieve ourselves of the South Texas summer heat but during the colder months, we want just the opposite. So, this means your ceiling fan needs to rotate clockwise during the colder months. This will push the warm air downwards. 

2. Clean Out Your Gutters

Your gutters collect all kinds of debris blown about during storms, falling leaves, etc. and this intensifies during the fall and winter months. Give your San Antonio gutters a good clean now, to prep them for whatever the winter blows your way. (Ps. This is typically something that most homeowners can handle themselves, but if they require a bit more TLC, a professional might be the right way to go.)

3. Replace Single Pane Windows

Double pane windows are known for their energy efficiency – keeping your home warm during the Hill Country winter months and cool during the hot summer months.  During the replacement, it would also be a good idea to inspect the insulation around the windows to ensure no moisture is getting in and preventing drafts.

4. Tree Pruning

It’s a good idea to prune back trees and bushes during this time to prevent damage during a storm. However, be sure to check with your local arborist before doing so, to ensure it is done properly. Trees can sometimes suffer from diseases that can be spread during a pruning. Sadly, these can wipe out the trees in an entire neighborhood.

5. Repair or Enhance Your Deck

Your San Antonio deck probably got a lot of use over the spring and summer months. The fall and winter months are the perfect time for a paint/stain refresh. You may also find some loosened boards or splintering that could could use a repair. Make good use of the cooler months and infrequent use to repair and prep your deck for next spring and summer. 

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