For many people, winter represents a time for holiday traditions and exciting plans for the new year. In the New England region, it can also mean brutal temperatures and enduring months of snow. For Connecticut area homeowners, what can you do to prepare your home now for winter weather? Use the five tips to keep your home running safely and efficiently over the cold months ahead.
- Look for Leaks: Sometimes small deficiencies can make a large impact on your home in the winter. Consider working with your HVAC company to identify any air leaks and determine a plan of action to seal the gaps prior to the peak of winter. Leaks are often present around chimneys, ceilings, cupboards and closets, so review if caulk or other solutions can help insulate your home.
- Home Heating: To ensure it’s prepared for the onset of harsh winter temperatures, now is the time to schedule maintenance services for your home heating system through your residential HVAC partner. Remember to change out any necessary filters throughout the season to keep your systems running properly. Finally, when you’re home, aim to set your thermostat to the lowest setting that’s still comfortable so you can save on energy costs.
- Focus on the fireplace: While it can keep you warm, the fireplace is also a significant source of heat loss as warm air can escape through the chimney. Be sure to inspect the flue damper and make sure it's secure. Never use your fireplace? Make your home stays energy efficient by plugging and sealing the chimney flue.
- What about Windows? Though they help you view the winter wonderland outside, windows are a known culprit for letting out precious heat in the winter. Many homeowners apply clear plastic film inside windows as an added layer to secure windows against cold weather. Additionally, insulated curtains or shades can help lessen the draft for less secure windows.
- Protect Pipes: Before winter hits, review the location of both the main water shut off valve for your house, as well as the water heater, in the event these facilities need to be turned off. As many homeowners know, allowing a slow drip of water through crucial pipes can help prevent freezing. Finally, applying industry-approved foam to your water pipes can keep them operating through low temps.
Interested in more ways to keep your home energy efficient and safe this winter? Contact us today for more information or to schedule your next residential AC maintenance service.