Have You Prepared Your Home For Winter?
The Winter season can bring many unexpected problems into your home. Lots of folks choose to skip prepping their home for Winter because they have simply been lucky enough to be spared frozen pipes in past Winters. Don’t get caught dealing with a huge disaster. If you prepare your home you can save yourself potentially thousands of dollars. Here’s how you get yourself prepared for the cold months ahead.
Regarding pipes The New York Times writes:
No one wants a frozen pipe, so keep an eye on yours. Drain the outside water faucets and shut them off before the first freeze. On very cold nights, open cabinets beneath the sink to let warm air in and, if you are especially worried about freezing pipes, let a slow drip of water run through them. Resist the urge to turn down the thermostat to save money – you want to keep the pipes warm. Extreme weather “is not a time to start trying to save on your energy bill,” Mr. O’Brien said. “Crank your heat up during those weeks.”
Here is another helpful tip on how to handle your heating system:
If you were going on a long road trip, you would get your car tuned up before you started your journey, not afterward. The same goes for your heating system. Call a plumber or a furnace repair company to prepare your boiler or furnace for winter before the cold weather arrives. Your contractor should clean the equipment, make sure it is working properly and let you know if it needs any repairs. “The heating system ain’t going to break down when it’s 80 degrees out,” said Kerry O’Brien, the president of T.F. O’Brien Cooling and Heating in New Hyde Park, N.Y. “You don’t want to be stuck when it’s five degrees in the middle of the night” with a heating system that won’t turn on.”
If you’d like even more helpful tips on winterizing your home you can check out more here. We hope you have a safe and happy Winter and as usual, if you run into any frozen pipes Delta Southern Colorado is just a phone call away.