Are You Ready for the Cold? Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home
Having to winterize your home may not sound like a fun way to spend your weekend. However, you will be happy that you took the time to winterize and complete these eight tasks when old man winter finally rolls in.
Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home:
Step One: Have Your Heating System Inspected.
-Midwest winters can be brutally cold and the last thing you want to deal with is a broken furnace. Keep your home toasty and comfortable this winter by having your filters, fan/motor, burners, heat exchanger, electrical components, etc. inspected by one of our expert HVAC technicians.
Step Two: Tend to Your Outdoor Faucets and Plumbing.
-Frozen outdoor faucets, busted hoses and valves are a nightmare to deal with and can be expensive to fix. That is why you will want to drain your outdoor faucets and hoses. It is also a good idea to disconnect your hoses if possible. Make sure to close any shutoff valves to your outdoor faucets and switch on the tap, in order to drain the built up water from the pipes.
Step Three: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
-If you have not checked the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, now is the perfect time to do so. Winter comes with an increased number of house fires and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning and you will want to do everything you can to protect your home and family. So, take a few minutes to put fresh batteries in your detectors and check them to ensure they are functioning properly.
Step Four: Seal Up Those Doors and Windows.
-Keep the cold outside and the warm air inside. Make sure that your window and door seals are properly caulked and ready for the harsh winter weather.
Step Five: Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Inspected.
-Maintaining your ductwork is vital for the health of your home and family during the colder months. Wintertime means that you will be spending more time indoors, so you will want the air in your home to be as safe and clean as possible. Having your ductwork cleaned is a great way to improve yours and your family’s health and quality of living. Additionally, you will want to have your ductwork sealed to prevent warm air from seeping into unheated areas in your home. Well sealed and insulated ductwork can save you a ton of money down the road.
Step Six: Remember That Insulation is Your Friend.
-Making sure that your home has adequate insulation will help save you money and keep your home nice and comfy!
Step Seven: Get Your Winter Equipment Ready.
-Grab your snow shovel and stock up on rock salt now. You do not want to wait until the first heavy snowfall and find that the stores are all sold out! Also, if you have a snow blower or winter weather equipment, now is a great time to dig them out of the garage and make sure they are working properly.
Step Eight: Take Steps to Avoid Losing Power This Winter.
-A power outage during a blizzard is a major hassle and can be dangerous if it lasts long enough. Investing in a whole home generator will ensure that the power will stay on, even when the weather is at its worst. Call us at (618) 765-8218 today, to learn more about your generator options.
Have A Safe Winter!
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