Five tips to winterize your home
The weather outside will soon be frightful. But you can keep your home delightful by paying a little attention to your creature comfort systems before cold temperatures hit in force.
And, the home service experts at C & C Heating & Air Conditioning have a few tips for our Detroit area residents so they make it through the cold winter months with as few problems as possible. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Have your heating system serviced
One of the most important things a homeowner can do to prepare for winter is to schedule a maintenance tune-up for their heating system. Regular heating maintenance can prevent poor air quality, skyrocketing bills and can ensure that your system won’t give out on the coldest days of the year.
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Not only are residential fires more common in the winter, but the use of gas-powered furnaces and other alternative heating can pump high levels of carbon monoxide into your home’s air. Be sure these life-saving devices have fresh batteries and are in good working condition.
Seal the cracks
Be sure to check your home’s windows and doors for holes and cracks. You can either caulk the gaps or put new weatherstripping into place to seal off the small ways cold air can get into your home.
Protect your pipes
Frozen pipes are one of winter’s most common home-related disasters. If you have pipes that are exposed to the elements or are in unheated areas of the home, make sure to insulate or tape them to guard against freezing and bursting. When the weather is particularly cold, you can also leave cabinet doors open so that the pipes can receive some warmth from the home.
Clean the gutters
Now that fall is nearly over, chances are your home’s gutters are full of leaves and other yard debris. Make sure you clean them out before the temperature gets too cold. This can prevent ice dams that can damage your home’s roof and will also allow for a better-ventilated attic, which can help you save on utility bills.
Clean the ductwork
Since most of us close our houses up to the elements during the winter, the quality of our home’s air can suffer. This can make allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems worse. Keeping your home’s air ducts clean can help you maintain good indoor air quality and keep illnesses at bay.
If the HVAC professionals at C & C can help you tick a few winterizing priorities off your list, feel free to call us at (586) 439-3319. We can schedule a heating maintenance service call or consult with you about cleaning your ductwork so that your holiday season is pleasant and the remainder of your winter stays warm.