Winterize Your Home with these Tips from Orleans Tech
As winter approaches and temperatures drop, your home might be at risk for damage from the cold weather. Orleans instructors have simple tips to help you get your home ready for the winter chill.
Turn off hoses
Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Turn off the outdoor water supply to avoid a burst pipe. You can also insulate pipes in cold areas to prevent freezing.
Get a heater tune-up
Book a maintenance appointment with a local HVAC company to save yourself the trouble and expense of your heater breaking. Preventative care is cheaper and ensures that you stay warm all winter.
Check windows for drafts
Does it feel chilly in a certain room? Place your hands on either side of any window. If you feel cold air coming in, you’re going to want to seal the window. Depending on your skill level, you have 2 options. You could wrap it in plastic, or you can remove the trim and fill it with foam. Click here to learn how to do this from Building Maintenance Instructor Bill Madel!
Look at your thermostat
Did you know thermostats should be replaced at least every 10 years? As arctic temps roll in, be sure to check that your thermostat is working correctly. You should also set a timer so your system isn’t running as often when no one is home. The newest smart thermostats even allow you to control temperature and schedule right from your phone.
Reverse ceiling fans
Fans aren’t just for the summertime! There is a switch on most ceiling fans to reverse the direction and circulate warm air downwards. This is especially useful in rooms with high ceilings.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
The air in your home tends to be drier during winter months. It’s a great time to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Replace batteries if needed.
By following these tips, you can save money and stay comfortable all winter long!