4 Home Winter Preparation Tips
Winter can be tough on your home in many ways. Frigid temperatures affect the interior and exterior. Snow and sleet storms create wear and tear. And closing up our houses tight can cause other issues that can affect your family’s health and wellbeing. There are things you can do to help ease the pain the colder seasons cause. Small efforts in winter preparation can save your pocketbook, your health, and ward off disasters.
Window and Door Preparation – If we could see air with the naked eye and watch it continually seep through our windows and doors, we might realize all the money and energy wasted. By removing screens and replacing them with storm windows and doors, less heat will slip through the cracks. Sealing edges inside and out with caulk is an addition step that keeps hot air in and cold air out.
HVAC Maintenance – Your furnace has been resting all summer long. As temperatures plummet, it fires up and is expected to run smoothly all through winter. As with any machine containing multiple moving parts, your HVAC system requires maintenance. Scheduling an annual tune-up not only keeps things running well all season but can increase efficiency and reduce energy bills. Avoiding a very cold morning is also an added benefit.
Carbon Monoxide Detection – Many of us have heard about the dangers of CO poisoning, but how many of us take the necessary steps to stay safe? This hazardous gas is odorless and can be fatal even in small doses. When you schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment, ask your technician to check for any leaks. Adding a CO monitor to your home on every level is an easy way to protect your family year round.
Interior Pipe Protection – A simple way to protect your home from an unpleasant situation is to take a little time prepping your pipes. Disconnecting exterior hoses from outdoor spigots is so important. These hoses can have residual water in them that can freeze in cold weather which can expand interior pipes. Once this water thaws, those pipes can burst, wreaking havoc on your home. Shut off exterior faucets, wrap them for added warmth, and drain outdoor pipes, valves and sprinkler heads for added protection. Upgrading to frost-proof spigots can also give you peace of mind. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
A small time and expense commitment can go a long way when it comes to your home and your families comfort throughout the winter months. If you are looking for an honest and reliable HVAC company for maintenance, emergency service or CO monitoring, Bill’s Heating and Air Conditioning is ready to help. It is standard procedure for their technicians to check for any CO leaks during HVAC maintenance or repair calls and the CO detectors they provide are much more sensitive than the ones you can purchase off the shelf at the big box home stores. Call (402) 477-1371 today for quick service. They are eager to partner with you in the Lincoln area to keep you warm and safe all year long.