Winter Is Coming! Are You Ready?
Now is the time to start thinking about winterizing your home as winter approaches. Don’t keep holding off and waiting until the last minute. There are so many updates you can do to make sure your home maintains good temperatures and you are not heating the outside. Not sure where to start? Our experts at Plumbtile want to make sure we give you some great tips.
First, make sure to have your furnace inspected and clean all ducts. That is probably one of the most important tasks. Make sure all filters are changed and stock up on furnace filters for quick monthly changeouts. Making sure to keep it updated will cut your electric bills in half. And if your home is heated by hot-water radiator, did you know you need to bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them. If you use a fireplace for heating, make sure to sweep the chimney. Also make sure to check the mortar between the bricks and fix accordingly. You can replace any old heaters with Myson – Electric Contractor Baseboard Heater-Ha. Just some quick simple tips to keep your heating system updated.
Another step which is critical in preparing for winter is to inspect interior, exterior, windows and doors. Inspect the exterior for cracks and exposed entry points around any pipes. If you find them make sure to seal them. Use weatherstripping around your doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and make sure to caulk the windows. If you need to you can protect your windows from any airflow by covering them with plastic. Put down all storm windows. If you’d like to install some great heated floors you can use Myson – 2Stage (2-Heat/2-Cool) 7Day Programmable Thermostat that is controllable by your smartphone.
Make sure all gutters are clear and roofs inspected. You want to make sure there is no chance of ice jams and all debris cleared. Just some little tips to create a safer and warmer winter.
There are many more little things you can do to winterize your home but the most important tasks is to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They are required in every room. Make sure top buy extra smoke detector batteries and change them often. Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace or water heater, or both. Make sure you test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. Also buy a fire extinguisher or replace an extinguisher that is older than 10 years. This could save you and your families lives.