Don’t let yourself get caught up in the middle of the winter prep chaos. When preparing your home for the winter season, there are many things to consider. Things like making sure everyone has weather-appropriate clothes, getting together a stockpile of necessities in case of a storm, ensuring your vehicle is in good condition for the winter- the list goes on. Five Star Heating & Cooling Group is here to remind you about the importance of winterizing your house as well. We want your furnace to run at its highest efficiency and help ensure your family has a safe and cozy home throughout the next several months. The following are a few of our top tips favorites from our knowledgeable experts:
Check the Screen Windows & Door Screens
A great place to start is by inspecting your door screen and screen on your windows. Look over them evaluate their condition. It is wise to replace these for storm windows and doors in the winter when possible. This switch can significantly help with providing extra means of insulation. In addition, they help protect your main doors and windows from the uninviting, cold weather.
Check The Detectors
Even in the winter, house fires are prevalent. Therefore you must stay on top of making sure all the detectors in your home function correctly. It is so important not to forget this step when winterizing your home. Inspect each detector monthly and replace the batteries right away when needed. We want your family to be safe!
Check & Clean the Gutters
We recommend cleaning out your gutters before the cold creeps in and lingers. Gutters get clogged up with twigs and leaves, and if those are not removed before the snow falls, ice dams will form. Taking care of your gutters before this becomes a problem would be much easier than trying to get ice dams out of your gutters.
Check & Seal Any Cracks
Any openings on the outside or inside of your house need to be sealed. This is where cold air creeps into, which will then cause your furnace to overwork itself by trying to maintain the set temperature in your home. If cold air is continuously creeping in, the warm air your furnace is blowing out will prove to be counterproductive. If you find any cracks, gaps, or openings, we suggest using a high-quality sealing material.
Check the Heating Elements
Don’t overlook the heating elements in your home. Think of the fireplace/chimney, boiler, and furnace. Homeowners are recommended to get their fireplaces cleaned by a professional before the season’s first use. Soot and creosote build-up are safety hazards. A professional will thoroughly clean the fireplace and check to ensure it is safe for you and your family to use. If you have any concerns with your boiler, you will also want to call an expert to diagnose the issue. Should you have any troubles with your HVAC system, the Five Star Heating & Cooling Group would be more than happy to assist you.
Our goal at Five Star Heating & Cooling Group is to provide you with five-star service. So, if you have gone through these home winterization tips and are still experiencing any issues with your home heating system, or maybe your house doesn’t seem to be keeping warm air in, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We will send out one of our NATE-certified technicians to diagnose the problem and help find a solution for you and your family.
Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Group today at (614) 490-7550, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!