Is your home ready for winter?

While it may feel like Spring just arrived in Austin, it’s already time to think about those home improvement projects you had planned on getting done before winter. For many Austin homeowners, that includes being prepared for the first freeze in case it comes early.

If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned by a professional. Many people enjoy having a fire during the winter, but often neglect to have the chimney cleaned. Birds and bugs love chimneys and may have built nests during the spring and summer months. A clogged chimney can result in accidental smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation.

If you have finished watering the yard for the year, now is a great time to roll up the hoses and store them for winter. Once the water hoses are put away, take the time to insulate your outdoor faucets. If you need insulating material, most hardware stores already have everything in stock. For just a few dollars, you can get a head start on keeping your pipes safe this winter.

If you have outdoor pets, make sure they will be warm and cozy this winter. While you should always bring in outdoor pets in freezing weather, it’s always a good idea to keep them comfortable even when it’s just a bit chilly. This might require putting a blanket in the dog house or wrapping a tarp around a kennel to keep out the cold wind.

While Austin won’t see the first freeze for a while yet, it only takes a few minutes to get a head start on your winter readiness projects. It won’t be long before the weather turns cold and you need to change the thermostat from air conditioning to heat.

Updated: April 5, 2012 — 10:44 pm

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