There are things we can do to protect our homes and families. Insurance, smart security devices, regular maintenance and check-ups, and much more. We live more peacefully knowing that weâ€™re protecting the things we work hard for and love and weather protection for your home is a big way to do exactly that. This is especially true for Texas homes, where hot weather protection is vital to maintaining a beautiful house and keeping it cool.
Late winter and early spring are the best times to inspect, perform routine maintenance or make any necessary upgrades and repairs to keep your home protected from the heat. This also helps protect you and your family from suffering through the heat of the summer or from a preventable issue popping up.
How to Weatherproof Your Home
Remember, home maintenance is important throughout the year and you should inspect all major areas of your house and property. Staying up-to-date with maintenance is the best way to avoid big, disruptive and potentially expensive issues.
Service Your Air Conditioner
Avoid a break down in the summer heat, and have your air conditioner inspected, cleaned and any repairs made early in the season. Nothing is as essential to hot weather protection as a functioning air conditioner, so be sure to put it at the top of your weather protection list.
Inspect Your Windows and Doors
Inspecting your windows and doors is good for all kinds of weather protection. For hot weather areas, hot air leaking in from window or door frames is a common problem. This is usually due to caulking that may be old and cracked in the frame, or a frame becoming loose over time. Check and repair the caulk in all the window and door frames and make sure all frames are in good condition and properly fitting. Finally, consider your window coverings. Invest in good drapes, blinds or shades, particularly with windows with a Western exposure that take on the afternoon sun.
Insulate Your Attic
For home weather protection in any climate, properly insulating the attic is important. Having proper insulation in the attic is a key in fighting off the heat. If your attic is already insulated, make sure the insulation is adequate, and has no holes or bare areas. Deterioration is common with older insulation, so be sure to check yours for any signs of degradation.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat to a programmable model allows you to use your air conditioner when you are home and helps you plan your air conditioning schedule according to the seasons. Keeping your home on a proper air conditioning schedule is essential, is essential to saving energy and money.
Plant Trees and Shrubs
You can incorporate easy weather protection by using nature to help protect your home. By strategically placing trees and shady shrubs to protect your home from the heat of the sun, you can make your yard look like a natural sanctuary, and reap the cost-savings benefits of regulating your homeâ€™s temperature without exhausting your air conditioner. Plus, it will look great and provide shade for your family to enjoy the outdoors.
Waterproof Your House
Remember, heat and humidity bring thunderstorms, and increases the risk of flooding. Seal any cracks or leaks, have your roof and check your gutters. After the first major storm of the season, recheck to make sure there are no new leaks. Water is one of the most destructive forces to homes, so protecting your home from potential storm damage is essential.
If you are not handy, new to the area and unfamiliar with the weather, or canâ€™t devote the time to the maintenance, then hire an expert who knows how to weatherproof your home.
Weather protection for your home may take time, energy and money, but in the long run it will protect your home and family, and help reduce any chance of encountering a major, expensive repair.