Winter is here, and along with it is the bitterly cold temperatures. Homeowners rely on their home to be a safe haven, keeping their families warm during cold months. Blankets, a fire, and a warm cup of hot cocoa can help keep you warm. However, hiring a company that provides HVAC services in Atlanta can get your home ready for the season.
Read on for easy tips to combat falling outside temperatures.
- Check all the caulk and weather stripping on all the doors and windows. Not only does this prevent cold air from entering your home through tiny cracks, but it also keeps warm air from escaping your home.
- To avoid your water pipes from freezing, wrap them in the basement and crawl space with insulation sleeves.
- Protect your hot water heater by buying an insulated cover.
- Change the air filters in your furnace each month. This prevents build up that restricts air flow, which can lead to respiratory issues.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms. Make it a priority to test that they are working properly.
- Switch out your light, sheer, summertime curtains with thick or thermal curtains. This will help retain warm air inside your home.
- Lay rugs on your tile or hardwood floors to keep both your home and feet warmer while the temperatures outside are so cold.
- Under no circumstances should you try to heat your home with an oven, grill, or camp stove. This can easily cause a fire and release dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
- Have your furnace checked by an HVAC technician to ensure that it is performing at maximum efficiency during the winter. Also, a safety check will confirm that there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues.
- The fireplace is an excellent source of heat on chilly nights. Before you fire it up for the first time this season, have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. If it’s not properly cleaned and maintained, the fireplace could release carbon monoxide into your home.
- Keep your chimney flute closed when it is not in use.
- Make sure that no furniture or drapes are blocking air vents that are blowing the warm air you’re paying for.
- If you plan on taking a long vacation during the winter months, consider draining your water pipes.
- Lastly, keep your bathroom and kitchen sink cabinet doors cracked overnight so that warm air can circulate around pipes to prevent freezing.
If you’re ready to have a furnace tune-up, a safety inspection or a complete home-comfort analysis, Anytime Heating & Cooling is prepared to help you winterize your home. We have products and services that are guaranteed to keep your family warm and safe this winter. Call 770-504-5881 for more information on how to get started!