When temperatures begin to drop in Austin, TX, you’ll want to prepare for the winter months ahead. Your home—just like your lawn or your swimming pool—needs to be winterized in order to save you money and keep you warm. To help you winterize your home, we at TLC Home Inspections, PLLC want to pass along a few home winterization tips from the pros at Popular Mechanics.

1. Change your furnace filters.

Do not neglect replacing your furnace filters, because a dirty filter blocks airflow, and your home has to work harder to circulate warm air.

2. Adjust the temperature on your water heater.

Many homeowners find energy savings during the winter months by turning down the temperature on the water heater to 120 degrees.

3. Make sure your HVAC is running properly.

If you’re getting a home inspection, be sure to ask your inspector about the condition of the HVAC and whether a tune-up is needed. Sometimes a tune-up now can save you from costly repairs down the road.

4. Layer up.

Instead of turning up your thermostat, put on another layer! Invest in a quality sweater or sweatshirt that’s cozy. It’s likely to cost you far less than higher utility bills.

5. Check your insulation.

Do you know whether your Austin home is properly insulated? Winterization can be difficult if you have leaks or if pipes aren’t properly protected from the elements. You can avoid the effects of drafts and save big in the long haul.

If you’re unsure whether your home is well-insulated, then schedule a home inspection with TLC Home Inspections, PLLC of Austin, TX. Our team can schedule a time to come to your home, thoroughly assess your property, and take a look at your roof, attic, and other insulated areas that are visible. If we see a problem, we will let you know and give you tips on insulating and winterizing your home.

To schedule a home inspection before winter hits, contact TLC Home Inspections, PLLC at (512) 900-2191.