What Are 5 Ways You Can Winterize Your Home?

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2021 has encouraged many people to embrace staying at home and enjoying the comfort of familiar surroundings. But could you imagine your house being comfortable without warm air in the winter? What if your home wasn’t staying heated? Your Circleville Heating & Cooling service professionals understand how essential it is for you and your family to stay toasty this winter. So, for your furnace to function at a high-efficiency level, it needs to be set up for success. You can do this by preparing your home for the appropriate weather. The following are a few points that can help guide you through the process to winterize your home:

Get the Fireplace Cleaned

Consider the areas in your house that may need extra attention. For example, the fireplace is often overlooked. Yet, it is a great idea to put it on your list to winterize your home. Most people already know to clean up loose ash and empty the ash box. But it is also important to remember that animals sometimes build their nests inside fireplaces during the warm months. In addition, soot and build-up from last year’s fires use can also be a hazard. Therefore, it is never a bad idea to consider having your fireplace cleaned at the start of the winter season.

Get the Filters Changed

Start with a clean slate, or in this case – a clean filter! One of the most straightforward steps in the winterizing process is to swap your dirty filters for a fresh filter. A clean filter is a great way to start the season right. The last thing you want is a clogged filter overworking the furnace to push out air. Remember to change it out about every two months.

Get the Insulation Checked

Maybe you have suspected that the warm air in your home hasn’t been staying inside of the house. Perhaps you noticed that the furnace seems to run constantly to fill your house with warm air. If you have recognized either of these two symptoms, now would be a good time to check your insulation. We still recommend checking it if you have done so before. You are looking to measure and see how many insulation layers your attic and crawl spaces have; typically, this could be anywhere from 10 to 14 inches. Proper insulation will keep warm air circulating throughout your house for a longer period of time, allowing the furnace to rest when it needs to, and most importantly, it will help save money on your heating bill.

Get the Cracks Sealed

Have you ever heard the saying,” Never let anything important slip through the cracks”? In this scenario, we are absolutely referring to your heated air. Your furnace runs to keep your home heated. So you want to keep all that warm air your furnace is providing INSIDE of your home. It is good to inspect the walls for any cracks, doors for gaps, windows for openings, and outside hose faucets for any spaces between them. Should you find any spots that need your attention, use quality sealant to fix the issue.

Get the Pipes Wrapped

Here in Ohio, as we know, the temperature can really fluctuate. One day the weather might feel perfect to you, and the next day you may wake up chilled to the bone. If you have a basement that stays feeling rather chilly, then keep in mind that a frozen or busted pipe is never a pleasant scenario. It will result in extensive water damage and expensive repairs. So how can we prevent this from happening? Wrap your plumbing in pipe insulation. Doing this will help to lessen the odds of pipes freezing and bursting.

Stay safe and warm this winter. If you are still having heating issues after making the appropriate adjustments to your house, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will be happy to get an appointment booked for you with one of our Circleville Heating & Cooling technicians.

Call Circleville Heating & Cooling today at (740) 281-5323, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!