With the memory of last winter’s harsh freeze still fresh, and as Texas approaches another winter season, it’s crucial to be well-prepared. While we hope for the best, Texas Pride Heating & Air is here to ensure you’re ready for any extreme weather that comes our way. Here’s our guide to staying safe, warm, and prepared this winter.

Winter Preparedness Tips

Home Weatherization

  • Check and improve your home’s insulation, especially around doors and windows.
  • Have Texas Pride Heating & Air assess your HVAC system’s efficiency and readiness for the cold.

Pipe Protection

  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing.
  • Know how to shut off water and gas, and consider having a crescent wrench and water meter key handy.

Emergency Lighting

  • Invest in battery-powered lanterns and flashlights.
  • Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning, and consider installing backups.

Emergency Kit Essentials

  • Stock up on batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, and enough nonperishable food and water for at least three days.
  • Prepare a go-bag for each family member in case of evacuation.

Keeping Devices Charged

  • Consider a home battery pack or use your car as a charging station (outdoors only).
  • Keep an old cellphone charged for emergency 911 calls.

First Aid Readiness

  • Stock a first aid kit with essentials like gauze, bandages, aspirin, and an antihistamine.
  • Purchase a pre-stocked kit for convenience.

Food Supplies

  • Keep high-protein, high-fiber foods on hand, and remember to rotate your stock.
  • Consider alternatives like shelf-stable milk, tofu, and canned proteins.

Water Storage

  • Store enough water for drinking, cooking, and basic sanitation.
  • Rotate your water supply every six months to ensure safety.

Staying Warm

  • Plan for layers of clothing, warm blankets, and possibly insulated sleeping bags.
  • Seal off unused rooms to conserve heat.

Neighborly Connections

  • Establish a communication plan with your neighbors.
  • Volunteer for emergency response organizations for additional preparedness.

Generator Considerations

  • Texas Pride Heating & Air now offers generator installations, including full-house natural gas and electrical, to keep your home powered during outages.

Car Preparation

  • Equip your vehicle with an ice scraper, and consider carrying sand or kitty litter for traction.
  • Have your vehicle winter-ready with a mechanic check-up.

Prescription Medications

  • Refill prescriptions ahead of a forecasted freeze to avoid travel during dangerous conditions.

Pet Safety

  • Make arrangements for your pets’ shelter, food, and water.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit, including food, water, medication, and comfort items.

Texas Pride Heating and Air

While the chances of a severe winter storm like last February’s are slim, it’s always better to be prepared. Texas Pride Heating & Air is committed to helping you get your home winter-ready. Whether it’s through our HVAC services, generator installations, or professional advice, we’re here to ensure your comfort and safety.

Remember, planning is key. Start preparing now to ensure a safe and comfortable winter season.

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