Now that fall is well and truly upon us, it is time to start looking towards winter and making sure we’ve got everything ready for once the cold months arrive.
In the same way you might have your car checked over to make sure it is in good enough shape to get through the winter without getting damaged, you need to make sure your home, and in particular your HVAC system, is prepped and ready to see you through those long nights.
To make sure you’re fully prepared, we at C. W. Shultz and Son have compiled a list of steps you can take to make sure your home is ready for winter.
Check drains and gutters
Make sure that your drains and gutters are free of fallen leaves debris as, in winter, this debris can lead to ice forming which can cause costly damage and even break your guttering altogether.
Insulate your pipes
Once the temperature drops, any standing water in your pipes runs the risk of freezing, which can lead to issues with your boiler functioning. In order to avoid this, make sure any exposed pipework is insulated or protected with a layer of foam lagging. Also, make sure there isn’t any vegetation growing around the pipes, as this can cause further damage.
If the water in your pipes does freeze over during winter, then you can defrost them by applying a gentle source of heat (like a hairdryer) or pouring warm water over them. But making sure your pipes are insulated removes the hassle of having to do this.
Have your boiler serviced
You should be getting your boiler serviced by a professional roughly once a year, and getting it done before winter is the ideal time as this is the season when your boiler will be placed under the highest amount of stress. Having your boiler checked by a professional ensures that it will be able to withstand the winter, avoiding costly and highly inconvenient repairs if your boiler were to break down
Draft proof your home
The more drafts you have in your home, the more heated air that will be escaping your home during the winter months, and so the more money you will waste on your energy bills trying to keep your home warm.
Don’t forget to check places like basements, cellars, crawl spaces and garages to make sure your home is draft free. A draft free home means you won’t have to run the thermostat as high to heat your house, keeping you warm and saving you money.
Consider upgrading your thermostat
If you are looking to make savings on your energy bills, not just in winter but year round, then it may well be worth switching to a programmable or, if you can afford it, a smart thermostat. The new technology provided by these devices offers you a higher level of control over your HVAC system, and the cost of investment is offset by the fact that you could save up to 10% off your energy bills every year.