3 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Now that we’ve passed Thanksgiving, temperatures are finally starting to drop! Have you prepared your home for winter? That means guarding against hard freezes – and yes, that can happen in West Texas. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the simple things you can do that will help prepare your furnace for the extra use it’s about to get!


The temperature doesn’t need to drop below freezing for you to want to use your furnace. The temperature inside will eventually reflect the temperature outside, so you’ll need the heat to switch on at some point. These are some ways to make sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and cozy this winter!


Alas, once again, we remind you to change your air filters! This theme isn’t going away. The small cost of replacing a filter is worth it when you consider that a clogged filter makes your heater (and the a/c) work harder!

If you run your system often, that’s another reason to change your filters regularly. Once every three months should be fine, but monthly is ideal. Other factors such as allergy sufferers, pets, or smokers in your home will mean you’ll have to change it even more often.


Most people know to check the batteries in the smoke detector, but it’s also a good idea to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors. A problem with your gas furnace could result in carbon monoxide – an odorless gas that can be deadly to humans. A carbon monoxide detector will alert you if there’s even a trace of the gas, so make sure it’s operating properly!


Just like your exterior A/C unit, it’s also important to clean the space around exterior heat pumps or outdoor compressors. These systems produce heat even with temps well below freezing! But like your A/C, they don’t work well if the unit is surrounded by leaves, dirt, or other debris. Sweep up around the area, and even consider trimming nearby bushes or shrubbery if necessary. This will ensure maximum airflow!


The best way to make sure your heater is up to snuff is by getting it evaluated by a professional. The experts at The Bosworth Company can make sure you’ll be warm and cozy all winter long. Make an appointment today by scheduling it online or calling 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.