Keeping your home warm and toasty all winter is easy if you prepare in advance. While your home furnace plays a crucial role, winterizing your home ensures that warmth stays where it should—within the walls of your home. In this blog, S&R Heating & Cooling shares seven simple tips for winterizing your home. Read them below, then call our Bryant™ pros for even more ways to guarantee warm home comfort this winter at 651-429-0001.
How to Winterize Your Home
1. Seal leaks and drafty areas
If you know of windows or doors in your home that are not sealed properly or could use some additional protection from the cold, seal or caulk these areas now. This will keep your family warmer and prevent warm air from leaking. It will also help your furnace work efficiently and keep your energy bill low.
2. Shutdown outdoor pipes
Since you won’t need to use water outdoors in winter, now is the time to shut off your outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems so the water can be drained from these pipes. If you don’t do this, the remaining water can freeze and damage the pipes.
3. Schedule furnace maintenance
If you haven’t done so yet this year, schedule your annual furnace maintenance. The S&R techs will thoroughly examine your system to ensure it’s ready to run perfectly all winter. We can fix small problems on the spot and make other recommendations to ensure your system isn’t in danger of breaking down unexpectedly.
4. Change your air filter
A simple air filter replacement is a great way to keep your home’s warm air flowing freely, with no interruptions from clogs or dust buildup. It’s also an excellent tip for improving your indoor air quality, too.
5. Ensure vents are open
Take a walk through your home and check each vent to see that it’s open. Also, check that none of your vents are obstructed by furniture or curtains. This will promote airflow and reduce the amount of stress put on your furnace.
6. Clean your air ducts
A great way to ensure warm air flow throughout your home is to schedule home air duct cleaning. Dust and dirt can accumulate in your vents over time, so it’s worth it to have them cleaned periodically for optimal HVAC efficiency and performance.
7. Test your thermostat
Check your thermostat to be sure the temperature you’ve set matches the actual conditions throughout your house. If you notice discrepancies, this could indicate a problem with your furnace. If you have a programmable thermostat, you should also set it up on a daily schedule that works best for you.
Maintain Warmth All Winter Long
The best way to handle winterizing your home is to give the experts at S&R a call. We’ll inspect your system to make sure it’s running as it should, so you’re not faced with any surprises this season. Call us with your furnace questions or to schedule an appointment for furnace maintenance or new furnace installation at 651-429-0001. You can also contact us online.