How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter will be here before we know it! With cooler months just on the horizon, you will want to keep your family as warm as possible in your Texarkana, TX home. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable during the upcoming winter season.

Have Your Heaters Serviced

Before the winter arrives, you can have a professional technician from Goff HVAC & Plumbing come to your home to inspect your HVAC system. That way, you can get any necessary repairs out of the way before the cool weather hits. Our technicians will replace your air filter, inspect all wiring connections, clean the burners and controls, and make sure your system is running smoothly.

Seal Up Any Air Leaks

Go around your home and check all the windows and doors for cracks and leaks. Air leaks will allow warm air to escape from your home—and let the cold air seep inside. Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and insulated. You can use weather stripping or caulk to seal up any holes. Not only will you and your family stay toasty warm, you’ll likely save some money on your energy bill year-round as well.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Investing in a smart thermostat is a great way to keep your home climate-controlled without wasting money on your heating or cooling costs each month. Keep the temperature set between 65°–67° during the day, and lower it to around 63° at night when everyone is in bed. You can even program your thermostat to automatically adjust when you’re out and about. Today’s smart models can even connect to your phone and detect when you’re on the way home, so your home is warm and cozy by the time you arrive.

Turn Your Ceiling Fan Clockwise

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home cool during the summer, but did you know they can also be used to circulate warm air in the winter? Adjust the blades so they spin clockwise during the winter months—this pulls cool air upwards and helps the warm air flow throughout the room.

Close the Doors to Unused Rooms

If you have rooms in your home that aren’t being used regularly, try keeping the doors closed. This can keep the warm air flowing to the spaces that are actually in use!

Open the Curtains in the Daytime

This is completely opposite advice from the hot summer season! During the winter, keep your blinds and curtains open throughout the day to allow the sunlight into your home. This will naturally warm your room and prevent you from turning up the heat too high. At night, you should keep everything closed to help insulate your windows and trap the heat in.

Are you ready for the cooler months ahead? The team at Goff HVAC & Plumbing is here to help make sure your home is prepared. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about our services or schedule a maintenance appointment.