December 15, 2015
A season of low temperatures and snowfall is ahead. Are you ready? More specifically, is your St. Charles heating & air ready? It’s important to ensure that your heating systems are finely tuned, air leaks are closed, and frozen pipes are avoided. The winter weather may be rough, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the overall quality of your St. Charles heating & air!
Would you leave your back door wide open all winter? Well, failing to winterize your home for the coldest months of the year is the equivalent of doing just that! Winterizing your home is a major project that can save you bundles of money on your energy bills—if done correctly, that is. Not only can a properly winterized home maintain warm, comfortable indoor temperatures all winter long, but most winterized homeowners will save an average of 25% on their utility bills!
How Can You Prepare for This Winter?
When you winterize your home successfully, you’re ensuring you won’t have to deal with any of the stress and headaches that come from a particularly rough winter, especially in regard to the costs of your monthly bills. Here are some tips for you to follow:
- Avoid Frozen Pipes: If you haven’t experienced a rough winter in St. Charles, you’ll want to be sure that your plumbing pipes aren’t vulnerable to the vicious cycle of freezing and thawing which can cause them to burst. The best way to weatherproof your plumbing is to shut off the supply of water to outdoor hoses and sprinkler systems and then drain them.
- Cut Off Tree Branches: One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make each winter is failing to cut off dead or hazardous tree branches. Falling limbs (or whole trees for that matter) can seriously harm your home—roofs, siding, gutters, porch railings, decks and cars are all at risk, not to mention unsuspecting passersby. Before the dead of winter begins here in St. Charles, remove all overhanging limbs that could fall on your property. Get out there sooner rather than later!
- Seal Air Ducts: Inspect the condition of your roofing. Check for loose or missing shingles and/or gaps around your chimney. Keep an eye on common leak sites around windows, doors, and your foundation. Now that you’ve identified areas where water might enter the home or ice could form on its exterior, address these problems immediately with a professional at Precision.
- Mind the Carbon Monoxide: Before the depths of winter arrive, make sure your carbon monoxide detectors functioning correctly. There’s a lot you can do to make sure your home has a safe level of carbon monoxide. Also, don’t forget to have a professional heating technician from Precision give your furnace an annual check-up to preserve the safety and efficiency of your home this winter.
Contact Precision today if you’re looking for more tips on how you can winterize your home and ensure top-notch performance for your St. Charles heating & air.