The cold weather has hit! If you have yet to work on getting your home ready for winter, start now! There are quite a few things that need to be done around the home to gear up for the cold winter months ahead. Plus, Utah has the inversion that strikes in the winter, so you will be spending more time indoors where the air quality is better. Here are 6 tips to follow that will help you prepare your home for winter.
Tip # 1 – Service Your Furnace!
The best thing to do is call Black Diamond in Layton today for a furnace service. We will inspect the entire system to make sure it is working correctly, and to prevent serious concerns (like carbon monoxide poisoning). A furnace that is older than 10 years is normally on our “watch list” for replacement. Some systems will last upwards of 20 years, but you don’t want to push the system much longer as it could potentially break down, or end up with a gas leak and risky fire concerns. We recommend annual furnace services to ensure the system is functioning the right way.
Tip # 2 – Clean the Gutters
Dealing with a basement leak is never fun, but it is even worse in the dead of winter. One way to help prevent leaks is by cleaning out the gutters. The gutter system is designed to remove water from the roof and push it out and away from your home. If the gutters are clogged with leaves, there is a good chance the water will flow over the top of it and right down the side of your home, into the basement! Keep the drainage system working correctly to maintain a dry home!
Tip # 3 – Keep the Air Clean
When the inversion hits, you will likely find yourself dealing with a lingering cough and common headcolds. Unhealthy air doesn’t do our bodies any favors. One way to make sure the air in your home is clean is by replacing the furnace filters regularly. You might even consider an air purifier for your home to cycle out the pollutants in the air. Changing the air filter regularly reduces the amount of stress on your furnace, helping to reduce wear and tear.
Tip # 4 – Seal Air Leaks
We often see heating bills skyrocket simply because people forget to seal off air leaks. Keep the outside air out and the inside air in! Go around all the windows and doors and add new weatherstripping. If you see cracks in the window sealant, replace it with new sealant. Check on your attic too and inspect your insulation levels. You may need to replace insulation in the home as it does start to settle and compact over the years.
Tip # 5 – Winterize Your Pipes
The pipes are susceptible to water breaks and leaks. You need to go around and wrap the pipes with insulation, especially those in the basement and under the kitchen sink. Keeping the pipes warmer will help to reduce the risk of freezing pipes.
Tip # 6 – Check Your Thermostat
To keep your heating and cooling costs under control, check your thermostat. We often see homeowners deal with expensive costs because of a faulty thermostat. Modern systems are programmable from your cell phone, making it easy to turn your furnace on or reduce the heat when you are away from your home.
For more information about winter preparedness, call Black Diamond today! Let’s heat your home the right way together. Ask about our ductless HVAC systems to keep your home water, and reduce heating costs.