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How To Prepare Your Home for Winter Storms in Texas

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Winter weather in Texas is getting wetter and chillier. While snow and freezing conditions remain rare, it’s important to winterize your house now so your house is ready for a potential snowy day.

When it comes to protecting your home, it’s better to be over-prepared than caught by surprise when the weather turns bad.

At Damiani’s Comfort Design, our HVAC experts have these tips for keeping your home safe, secure, and comfortable no matter what the forecast has in store.

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Store a Winter Kit in Case of Power Outages

Just like hurricane season, winter weather can catch you off guard and leave you stranded at home. As you would prepare for a hurricane, so should you prepare for winter storms.

This means you should maintain enough food, water, and medicine to get you by until you can get out and make your way to the store or pharmacy. As a general rule, a one- to two-week supply for every person in your home should be enough to last until things settle down and return to normal.

As for the rest of your winter kit, it can be the same as your hurricane kit. Just make sure you test any radios, flashlights, etc., and top off any First Aid or other specialized kits you may have used throughout the year.

Install a Home Generator

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Blackouts and brownouts are becoming increasingly common as infrastructure ages and poor weather takes its toll.

Because reliable power is a necessity for comfort and safety, we strongly recommend making power a priority in your planning.

This means installing a whole-home generator. It’s crucial to carefully calculate the required load capacity so your generator can provide the support you need until power is restored. This entails calculating the power needs of essential appliances, home health equipment, security systems, heating systems, lights, etc.

If you have a generator, we strongly advise scheduling a maintenance appointment to tune up the system and test its functionality. And if your system requires repairs, those should be performed without delay.

Stay on Top of HVAC Maintenance 

Staying on top of preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your heating and cooling systems in prime condition. When winter weather arrives, it can wreak havoc on poorly maintained systems.

It can also make it difficult to schedule repairs and maintenance because we tend to have a considerable increase in service calls during winter storms. If something breaks in your system, it can take a while for our teams to arrive.

The best way to keep your system operational is to take care of maintenance needs or repairs before winter storms blow through. Our preventative maintenance plans will ensure your air filters are changed, components lubricated, electrical connections tightened, and more. 

This will keep your system in good shape, improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and reduce your monthly utility bills.

You should also make sure your home is airtight. Properly sealing air leaks around windows and doors and within masonry with the appropriate caulk, tape, weatherstripping, etc., will improve the performance and energy efficiency of your HVAC systems.

Count on Damiani’s Comfort Design in San Antonio, TX

At Damiani’s Comfort Design, our team can ensure your home’s HVAC systems and whole-home generators are ready when winter weather blows into the San Antonio area. Our licensed and insured HVAC technicians will perform the installations, maintenance, and repairs you need to weather the storm.

Our prompt, professional, and courteous staff guarantee we’ll deliver the superior services and exceptional quality you deserve.

When you need top-quality heating, cooling, and whole-home generator services in San Antonio, call Damiani’s at 210-646-9600 to schedule repairs, replacements, or preventative maintenance.

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