From pulling your sweaters out of winter storage to adjusting your thermostat, you’re ready for the upcoming cold weather. However, is your house prepared? The following winterizing tips will help improve your home’s performance, making your dwelling feel more comfortable and save energy.
Winterizing Tips for Northeast Ohio Homes
- Inspect the heating system. If you haven’t hired an HVAC professional to maintain and inspect your heating system, autumn is the perfect time. It’s better to fix issues before winter arrives and contractors get too busy.
- Inspect and clean ductwork. Air leaks, poor insulation or other problems in ductwork will lower the efficiency of your heating system. Hire a contractor every three to five years to inspect, fix and if necessary, clean the ducts to help save on energy costs and improve indoor air quality.
- Clear the gutters. After the autumn leaves drop, put on a pair of gloves and clear the gutters by hand (or leaf blower) if you don’t have a guard installed so they’re free of debris. Then use a hose to rinse them. Leaving leaves and other material in gutters can form ice dams that may damage your roof or home. Clogged gutters also may allow rain water or melting snow to overflow the gutters and seep down into your foundation.
- Seal air leaks. Inspect the interior and exterior of your home and look for cracks in the walls, missing door sweeps and old weatherstripping. Seal cracks with weather-resistant caulk or, in brick areas, masonry sealer. Use outlet gaskets on outlets that share an exterior wall to prevent cold air from entering your home.
- Insulate pipes. When water freezes in pipes, the pressure that builds up may cause the pipes to crack. Prevent this disaster in your home by shutting off the water to hose bibs, insulating outdoor spigots with Styrofoam covers, and insulating pipes in unheated spaces, such as crawl spaces, garages and basements. Hardware and home improvement stores sell insulation supplies made specifically for pipes.
- Reverse the fan’s direction. Push warm air that collects high in a room downward by making the blades on ceiling fans spin clockwise during the heating season.
For assistance or more winterizing tips before the cold weather arrives, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve proudly served the greater Cleveland area for over 79 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about winterizing tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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