5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Winter
If you’re like us you’re excited about the fall season. There are so many things to look forward to, changing of the leaves, Thanksgiving, and pumpkin-everything. But a lot of people forget one thing – transitioning their home to be winter-ready. Fall is the opportune time to ensure you are comfortable and that your home is protected from possible winter damage. That is why we’ve highlighted a few tips to help you in the seasonal transition.
Check Your Air Filters
While you should change your air filters every few months, it’s imperative that you check their condition before the end of the season. Replacing your filters regularly will help keep your HVAC system clean and can even prolong its life. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you may be able to wash and reuse the filter for a few more months before purchasing a new one.
Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
During the winter months, most of us will close all the doors and windows to keep the heat inside our homes. This makes it a crucial time to check for carbon monoxide leaks and to ensure your smoke alarm is working properly in the event of a fire. It doesn’t matter what type of heating system you have, this should be an offered service in a furnace maintenance visit.
Get Your Plumbing Winter Ready
Avoid thousands of dollars of repair costs if your pipes burst due to the frigid cold. This includes a checklist of simple solutions that every homeowner can do, such as:
- Draining and removing all water hoses and storing them indoors
- Check for leaks and have them repaired
- Drain and maintain your water heater
Make Sure Your Igniter Switch is Working Properly
If you have an older heating system, you might have to relight the pilot light. On newer electronic systems, homeowners can simply reset it with the push of a button. If it’s still not igniting, check your breaker and if the problem persists it’s time to call a professional HVAC technician.
Get Ready for Next Year By Protecting Your AC Unit
When switching over to your heating system, you will have to shut off your central air conditioning unit. In doing so, you will be saving a significant amount of energy. Additionally, saving you money from repairing the system from possible damage from weather conditions and debris. When you turn it back on in the Spring, make sure you start the process 24 hours before turning on your thermostat. This gives the system enough time to warm up and lubricate itself upon startup.
Get Winter Ready with B&D Industries
If you are having trouble figuring out what needs to be done to get your home ready for Winter or have run into any issues, let B&D Industries help. We have over 65 years of expertise that includes HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and maintenance. Contact us today to begin your Winter transition.