Learn Top Home Tips for Preparing for San Antonio Winters
San Antonio, Texas winters are known for being mild with temperatures ranging from 40 ºF to 67 ºF on average throughout January and February. However, weather patterns can make unexpected changes, which is why it’s always a good idea to plan for even cooler days. As one of the top San Antonio area home builders, we want to make sure our residents are always warm, comfortable and happy no matter the season. We’ve shared a few of Sitterle Homes’ favorite winter home tips to keep your home safe, warm and beautiful inside and out.
Cozying up to the fireplace is a wonderful way to spend a “chilly” Texas evening. Before you light that first fire of the season, you’ll want to inspect the chimney inside and out to ensure it is clear of debris or buildup. You’ll also want to remember to close the flue damper when you’re not using the fireplace to avoid any drafts on colder evenings.
If you’ve just moved into new homes for sale in San Antonio it’s not likely you’ll need a furnace check-up, but if you’ve been living in your home for a few years it’s always a good idea to have your heating system checked annually by a professional. It’s also a good time to check air ducts and make sure they are sealed tight and clean and clear of debris.
Should the threat of a hard freeze occur, it is a good idea to take precautions like wrapping outside pipes or shutting off the water and emptying outside taps to prevent pipes freezing and breaking. If you’re in a new home and your heat is on you may not need to run the tap as your home should be well insulated, but you may want to open cupboards to help circulate the warm air. If you will be gone for the day or are traveling and will be away for a length of time during the winter months you should set your heater to a minimum of 55 ºF. You may also want to shut your water off while you are gone for added protection. Be sure to leave the water running while you do this to ensure all of the water is drained from the pipes once the water is turned off.
For home owners that like to manage their own lawn maintenance, it’s important to still take care of their lawn even in the winter months. Cleaning up debris and leaves is a key. The blades of grass need nutrients from the sun even in winter. Leaving piles too long may mean brown patches in the spring. And now is a great time to fertilize and replenish your lawn’s nutrients from the demands made by the harsh Texas summer sun to help ensure a lush lawn in the spring.
Sitterle Homes wishes everyone a safe and warm Texas winter!