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Rare Snow and Ice in Wimberley: When the Weather Outside is Frightful
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A Wimberley oak tree covered with ice and snow... not a common sight, but it happens!
Icy conditions are rare, but Wimberley is not immune to the occasional ice storm and snow flurry.

Even if those winterizing chores you meant to complete before winter were delayed (and aren't they always?), there are still ways to maximize warmth inside your home and increase your personal comfort level.
IN YOUR HOME

Most of us already know the Big Four ways to keep our homes warm in the winter (and cool in the summer):
                    - Insulation
                    - Air duct checks and repair
                    - Weather stripping
                    - And efficient heating, replacing old models when necessary.

However, when a cold weather event hits, we'll either have either done this already or put it off too late. There are a few temporary tips that may help increase your comfort level inside.

  1. If you have single-pane windows...the old, energy inefficient type...find some way to add additional layers such as temporary curtains. If you have blinds, closing them first will make a huge difference in heat loss.
  2. Use makeshift "weather stripping." If you walk by a door and feel the winter chill blowing in at the bottom of the door, grab a towel or small blanket, roll it up, and place it across the crack. Make a note to add permanent weather stripping when the weather permits. The up side of frigid artic air blowing into your home is the ease with which you can detect heat leaks.
  3. Find the entrance/exit point in your home where the least heat is lost coming and going, and use that whenever possible. For instance, if you have a foyer that can be closed off, using the exterior door there will restrict the colder air there and help protect the warmth inside your home.

WHAT TO WEAR

Warmth is a priority, but it's also nice to be able to move freely. Thin layers instead of bulky clothing will keep you warm with minimal restriction of movement. A combination of long underwear, a turtleneck, a thin sweater and an outer shell will keep you warm without sacrificing mobility.

We lose the most heat through our heads and hands. Wearing a head covering of any kind, but especially a wool knit cap that can cover your ears when necessary, will make the most difference in staying warm. Your whole body benefits from this simple article of clothing.

Wearing mittens or gloves will keep you comfortable and your fingers less stiff.

Below are more complete resources for tips and information. Stay warm!





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