How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather
Once winter is approaching, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. There are several important tasks to complete so that your home is warm and comfortable throughout the winter.
Check your doors and windows to see if there are any gaps that will allow cold air to enter your home. You can seal gaps with silicone caulk. If you find any loose-fitting window sashes, apply weather stripping to seal them.
Replace the Furnace Filter
Replace the furnace filter in the fall before you need to heat your home. A dirty filter will make your furnace work harder than it should and can result in expensive repair bills and higher energy costs. You should check the filter every month during the winter and replace it as needed, which is usually every other month.
You should keep flashlights in your home in case the power goes out. If you already have flashlights, test them to make sure that they work. Keep extra batteries on hand, so you’re prepared if there’s a long power outage.
Drain Your Water Heater
Fall is a good time to drain and refill your water heater. Sediment collects at the bottom of a water heater and needs to be removed. If you don’t remove the sediment, it causes your water heater to work harder than it should and can cause it to fail.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
In the fall, it’s time to reverse the direction that your ceiling fans rotate. When your ceiling fans are operating in reverse, they push warm air down. You will probably be able to turn your thermostat down a degree or two from following this practice.
Mountain View Heating, Inc. in Bend, OR, can help prepare your home for winter. We can tune-up your furnace so that it operates at its best throughout winter. We also replace and repair furnaces and air conditioners. Other services we offer include indoor air quality solutions, ductwork repair installation, maintenance, and cleaning, zoning systems, and emergency service. Call us today to schedule an appointment.