Tip of the Week: Inspect Outdoor Lighting

One part of your home checklist that should be checked is to ensure all outdoor lights are functioning properly, including motion sensor lighting. This quick review can help shed light on ice-covered walkways and driveways, thus reducing the potential for a fall.

Tip of the Week: Reversing Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, you may want to consider using your ceiling fans to help more evenly distribute the heat in your room. First turn your ceiling fan off and allow the rotating blades to come to a complete stop. Then locate on the ceiling fan motor a small switch. Sliding the switch should cause the fan blades to now run in a clockwise rotation when you turn the ceiling fan on. Running the blades in a clockwise position during the colder months can push heated air down. This home maintenance task makes rooms with higher ceilings more comfortable when the outside temperature begins to drop.

Tip of the Week: Inspect Your Insulation

Having adequate insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If your insulation is insufficient, your heating and cooling system will have to work overtime to keep your home warm this winter or cool this summer. By adding additional insulation to your attic, walls and or crawlspace, you can save money on your heating and cooling costs. A good rule of thumb to follow to determine if you have adequate insulation in your attic (specific to Texas) is to insulate to a factor of R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type.

Scan your Roof

Give your roof a good look before winter hits. Paying close attention to any loose or missing shingles that may result in leaks from rain or melting snow. While you are scanning the roof check around the vent stacks and your chimney to make sure they are properly sealed to prevent moisture from being able to penetrate your home. Also, remove any accumulation of leaves as they can hold moisture. A quick tip for removing leaves from your roof is using your lawns leaf blower.

Tip of the Week: Check Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating is the cause of 27 percent of structure fires during the winter months. So make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working in your home. And it’s best to have smoke alarms in every room of your home, including hallways. Be sure that home maintenance includes checking the batteries in all alarms at least once a month.