With autumn approaching, it’s time to pull out those sweaters from the back of the closet and start cranking up the heat. But besides changing our wardrobe and retiring the A/C, there are a few crucial steps we need to take in order to protect our home from the colder weather.
This simple list will tell you exactly where to start.
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Blow Out Sprinklers
First things first, it’s time to winterize your irrigation system. Blowing out your sprinklers gets rid of any excess water within the pipes. When the cold weather comes, the last thing you want is freezing water threatening to burst open the system! While there are several ways to rid your system of water, many people prefer the air blowout method for its effectiveness. By forcing air through your sprinkler system’s pipes and valves, you’ll dry it out and protect it from winter’s freezing temperatures.
Disconnect All Hoses
Just like your sprinkler system, it’s critical that you disconnect all hoses to prevent the damage freezing water can cause. Make sure to detach them from all outside hose bibs and drain spigots. This preventative measure will save you from costly repairs!
Maintain Your Furnace
There’s nothing worse than an inoperable furnace when December weather strikes. Make sure you prepare your furnace for the winter months by testing out the heat and making sure it switches on. And don’t forget – it’s also time to change those air filters. Swapping them out every few months keeps unwanted particles from polluting your air, and prolongs the lifespan of your HVAC unit. Need help with maintenance? The professionals at Doctor Fix-It can ensure your furnace is performing the way it should.
Now is also a good time to make sure your humidifier is in working order. A good humidifier can help retain heat and lessen the impact of dry air on our furniture, floors, and skin. Make sure it’s filled with water and check for leaks.
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Test Out Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
With the windows shut and the heater running on full blast, you’re more at risk for poisonous carbon monoxide infiltrating your space than you would be in the warmer months. That’s why it’s crucial to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure to replace them if necessary.
Caulk Doors and Windows
We’re all for cozy winter months spent by a toasty fireplace, but not when the biting cold comes pummeling into our space. In order to insulate your home from those below frigid temperatures, you’ll need to make sure each door and window is sealed completely. If you can see even a glimmer of sunlight through the gaps, then you know it’s time to weatherstrip the doors.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Here’s a nifty trick for those of us who want to save money on energy bills this month: reverse your ceiling fans to a clockwise direction! Because heat rises, it can often mean your ceiling is feeling the warmth of your furnace more than you are. By pressing the reverse button, the fan sends hot air spiraling back down into the lower half of your room. With a well-operating fan that’s working in your favor, you can probably get away with turning the heat down a bit! Unsure how to make the switch? Call Doctor Fix-It for all of your ceiling fan needs.
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Clean Out the Gutters
Autumn leaves may pose a threat to your gutters, but so do the winter temperatures. Failing to clean them ahead of the season can cause leaves and debris to freeze inside, and winter snow can damage roofing. Even worse, you may find yourself up against dangerous ice dams. This condition means melted water backs up, threatening to flood into your home. At the end of the day, those threats can amount to an unsightly repair bill. Investing in a professional clean will save you a ton of money in the long run.
At Doctor Fix-It we can help winterize any home for the cooler weather, from checking your HVAC system to blowing out your sprinklers. Call us today with any questions to discover more!