Prepping Your House for Winter

Winter is easily the hardest season on your home. Snow, ice and cold can be very taxing on your building and your wallet. Follow these five tips for prepping you house for winter:

1. Check Your Heating

This is the most important thing to do before winter is in full swing. Once the cold hits you’ll be using your HVAC in full

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force. Ask around for the best heating repair Indianapolis has and find a professional to do a full service check. Have the representative inspect your furnace before you turn it on for the first time. The technician should check for carbon monoxide, clean filters, a clean fan/motor and inspect the gas piping and blower operation. Have your heating ducts inspected while they’re there. A lot of money could be leaking out of your pocket with even the smallest escapes in your ducts. The heating repair representative can check for any leaks and seal them properly.

2. Trim Your Trees

Tree branches are ice magnets here in Indianapolis, the more limbs a tree has, the more snow and ice can accumulate on those branches. It is prudent to completely chop off large limbs that hang over your roof, windows or driveway. Really, trimming any branches will help and one really can’t be too careful about this. Once the snow starts coming it’s too late. The last thing someone or their heating wants is a large hole in their house in the dead of winter.

3. Wrap Your Pipes

Insulating pipes reduces the amount of heat lost and can raise hot water temperatures. This allows you to reduce the heat on your boiler and means you don’t have to wait as long for hot water. Wrapping your pipes will aid in preventing your pipes from freezing during long, cold nights. The biggest benefit can be found in your utility bill. Conserving water and heating energy is sure to cut costs. Pre-slit pipe foam is available at hardware stores and installation is simple: cut the foam to the length you need, wrap it around the pipe, and fasten it in place with duct tape.

4. Block Your Leaks

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Don’t wait until you feel a draft, go looking for leaks. They can be found with a thermal draft sensor, or you can just run your bare hand around every window frame, door, etc. You’re likely to find drafts underneath doors, near windows and between pipes/wires. If you find a leak underneath your door put a draft snake across the bottom of it. Caulk can help with leaks around windows; make sure to use weather resistant caulk. And do not forget to caulk from the outside too.

5. Reverse Your Fans

Ceiling fans can be used in the winter. A lot of people think ceiling fans create cold air but they do not, they just circulate air. Warm air rises and normally a fan spins to help suck that warm air up. Reversing them (most have a switch at the top to reverse) will have the blades spin clockwise. This pushes air down. The warm air around your fan will be circulated down into the room.

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