How Canton Homeowners Can Prepare for the Upcoming Winter
Winter is a time of holiday joy, hopeful children waiting for snow, and refreshing, crisp mornings. We all look forward to the fun aspects of winter and prepare ourselves to enjoy them. Your house also needs to be prepared for winter so that you can enjoy winter activities knowing your home is warm. You can prepare your home for winter with these easy steps, some of which will involve your Canton HVAC company.
The Heater is a Hot Item on Your List
Just like your car, your heater needs regular maintenance to make sure it doesn’t leave you cold in the middle of winter. A licensed technician can perform a thorough inspection of your furnace or heat pump. Get it done now before it’s an emergency, and enjoy the warmth it brings you all season long.
Reverse Fans to Reverse the Cold
Your ceiling fan is keeping a secret that you should know. There is a switch on the fan that will make it go in reverse, which is in a clockwise direction instead of counter-clockwise one. Reversing this switch and running the fan at a slow speed will create a gentle updraft, pulling cool air up, thereby forcing warm air down. This will make your room feel warmer, allowing you to keep the thermostat at a lower temperature. You’ll benefit from up to 10 percent in energy savings.
Prevents Bursting Pipes: Winterize Faucets
It’s a pretty bad day when you wake up to a broken pipe on a cold morning. Don’t let it wreck your winter. Outdoor faucets are most susceptible to the cold of any plumbing in your house. If your house is older than 15 years, then you don’t have frost-proof faucets. You can turn the shut off valve for your faucet in your basement or crawlspace to prevent freezing. If no shutoff exists, you can buy a foam cover at your home improvement store that will also prevent faucet from freezing.
Seal Windows and Doors
Use regular caulk to seal cracks around windows and doors on the inside of your house. You shouldn’t be able to see any daylight shining through. For cracks on the outside of your house, fill with silicone caulk since it doesn’t shrink when exposed to the elements. Add weather stripping to doors to further reduce air leakage from your house.
Prevent Ductwork Deviance
When ducts aren’t properly sealed, air flow deviates from your living space and ends up in the walls, attic, and crawlspace. The truth is that leaks at the joints in ductwork can cause up to a 20 percent loss in efficiency. That figure can go up exponentially if there is a duct that has become completely disconnected.
Control Over Winter Invasion
Anytime Heating and Cooling Inc. knows that winter will do anything it can to invade your home. The most important defense against the cold is your heater. To prepare for the winter, schedule a tune up for your heating system. It’s not just about crossing another thing off your to-do list, but a keeping your home comfortable this winter. Give Anytime Heating, Cooling and Plumbing a call today and prepare for winter.