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Well, Texans, we certainly experienced the worst of Mother Nature’s wrath the last few weeks. Unexpected snow accumulation, ice storms and record breaking dips in temperatures swept across the entire state—leaving many of us with no heat, no water, damage to our homes and so much more. But we are Texas strong and we will bounce back from this disaster. And Blue Ribbon Cooling and Heating is here to help.
The damage many of our area homeowners have endured hits close to home for us, which is why our team is committed to helping our community in any way we can. This includes sharing our professional knowledge with you! So, here goes! We’ve put together some fairly simple preventive measures you can follow to help protect your home should we ever experience such a paralyzing ice crisis again. As always, Blue Ribbon is here for you 24/7—for all of your HVAC needs.
Smart Tips for Safer Homes
Here are five ways you can prep your home to avoid disaster in the future.
1. Insulate those pipes.
While Texas doesn’t experience a deep freeze all too often, frozen pipes are one of the top reasons for home damage in colder weather. A burst pipe can cause a huge amount of monetary damage to a home. The solution to preventing burst pipes in freezing weather is to insulate them properly—especially pipes in crawl spaces, basements and lower level areas. Bonus tip: During a cold spell, let your faucet drip just a bit to keep water running.
2. Install a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats are a great investment—and they can be a lifesaver during freezing temperatures. Not only do smart thermostats “learn” your patterns and re-adjust temperature settings according to your lifestyle, but they can help prevent water damage and freezing pipes as well. How? Well, adding wireless sensors to a crawl space or a basement (if you have one) will help monitor the temperatures in these lesser-used areas. If temps dip below freezing, your smart thermostat’s alarm will alert you to cold temps! Pretty neat, huh?
3. Purchase a home generator.
When the power goes out, a home generator offers total peace of mind. A standby generator will keep your heater running, your fridge cold and your phone charged. Depending on the size of your home, you can purchase a reasonably priced generator to keep things moving until the power returns.
4. Clean gutters and storm drains.
Prevention is always key. While we can’t anticipate when poor weather will hit, we can still keep tabs on our gutters and storm drains. Making sure they are clear of debris allows for better run-off and easier drainage.
5. Trim large branches.
When temperatures dip below freezing, moisture on tree branches is one of the first things to freeze. And when heavy limbs crack and fall, they can knock out powers lines or damage roofs, cars or other property. Trimming branches and unsafe limbs on a regular basis can help prevent disaster.
We Offer Emergency HVAC Services in Bastrop, TX
The community in Bastrop County is a tight-knit group. We always look out for each other and strive to help during difficult times. If the team at Blue Ribbon can assist you in any services as we navigate our way through this latest weather challenge, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Whether you need furnace maintenance, a heat pump installation, emergency service or other HVAC services, we’re always here to help. Call our office at 512•308•3515 to see how we can assist you today.