What Are 5 Ways You Can Winterize Your Home?

Dec 27, 2021 | Furnace, Bexley, Blog, Heating, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Tips & Tricks, Winter

With temperature changes and snow days inevitably coming, you will want to ensure your home is protected from chilling temperatures. Bexley Heating & Cooling knows winterizing your home will help keep the warm air inside your house from escaping. We want to help provide you with tips and tricks for your furnace to run at its best capacity while saving you money on your heating bill at the same time.

Inspect for Air Leaks

Air leaks are a massive factor in warm air not staying inside a house. Your professionals at Bexley Heating & Cooling suggest proactively looking for any potential issues and performing a little investigation before the winter settles in. You want to look for holes or cracks on the house’s exterior. If you find any, use high-quality materials to seal them up. Storm doors, proper windows, and door sweeps help keep cold-weather seeping in. Also, check the weather stripping on your doors and windows. New weather stripping can make all the difference in keeping out any cold drafts.

Schedule a Tune-up & Safety Check

Typically, this is done in the fall before the furnace is initially turned on. It is always recommended to have your furnace tune-up and safety check completed before the cold weather creeps in. If you have not scheduled one yet, Bexley Heating & Cooling would be more than happy to assist you.

Inspect the Insulation

Think upwards. Hot air rises, which means the attic is one of the most critical areas for winterizing a home. An attic should have around 10-14 inches of insulation. Most homes don’t have enough insulation. If you suspect the heat in your home isn’t staying inside, this is something you want to check for. Proper insulation layers in the attic are one of the tops forms of saving energy. 

Inspect the Roof

Don’t forget about the roof. With the air in your home rising, you want to make sure you have no missing or loose shingles on your rooftop. The last thing you need is for a snowstorm to come through, and you can’t do anything about it until it’s over. Missing or loose shingles will allow melting snow to creep in.

Inspect the Plumbing

Plumbing can play a huge factor in helping to winterize your home. If your basement is cold and you have plumbing down there, the pipes can be wrapped with pipe insulation. The heating cable can also be wrapped. Doing so will definitely help aid in the prevention of any pipes freezing or bursting.

Although it can take a bit of time to inspect and winterize your home properly, it is totally worth it. Your furnace should be able to run at its best and not be overworked to constantly produce hot air in an attempt to keep your home heated. Work with outside projects first, then move on to the inside of the house. It’s better to tackle any necessary outside adjustments while the weather is still warm. Then proceed to the inside, as the temperatures start to drop more. If you have any further concerns about your HVAC system, please call Bexley Heating & Cooling today. We would feel privileged to serve you.

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