Although it may not feel like it, this hot Virginia summer is finally coming to an end. You may be excited about the cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage, and possibilities of snow, but is your house ready for fall and winter? Read below for some tips on how to get your home ready for this fall and winter.
Have Your Heating System Inspected in Fredericksburg, Va
Stick to your maintenance plan and have your fall inspection done for your heating system. Your licensed HVAC technicians at First Choice Heating & Air Conditioning will inspect your furnace or heat pump to ensure that it works properly and that you are prepared for the winter. If you are not currently an “ESA” or Energy Savings Agreement member, contact us for more details on how we can save you money.
Cut Down Tree Limbs
Look for tree limbs that hang too close to your home. First, consider whether the limbs, or the tree, present a danger of falling onto your home during a winter storm. Second, if you only have close hanging limbs then consider cutting them down or hiring someone a professional that can handle the job. If the limbs are near the outside unit of your air conditioner then it could potentially clutter and clog your unit with leaves and debris. Prevent this from happening before the leaves fall.
Turn Off Outside Faucets
It’s best to turn off your outside faucets to protect against freezing pipes and disconnect your water hose. If your faucets are not freeze-proof, purchase Styrofoam covers for your faucets. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and will save you from frozen pipes.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to a leaks and a buildup of moisture inside your home. This can potentially cause mold mildew which is not good for your health.
Caulk Around Windows and Doors
Caulk around your windows and doors to prevent warm air from getting out and cold air from getting in.
Seal Your Heating Ducts
Seal and insulate your heating ducts to reduce energy bills. It is not uncommon for up to 20% of warm air that from your furnace or heat pump to escape through ductwork leakage. Spray foam is a popular choice for insulation. It is a powerful insulator and is your best choice to seal cracks and holes.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
When you reverse your ceiling fans, the fan pulls the cool air up from the floor to the ceiling. This forces the warm air downward to make your home warmer and more comfortable in winter.
Let First Choice Heating & Air Conditioning keep your home and family comfortable this winter. If you have further questions of winter proofing you home you can contact us through our website or call us at (540)352-4183.