Snow-covered mountains on Fort Huachuca, AZ, 2012
Are you prepared? While we may not have the heavy snowfall and other 'typical' winter issues, here are five ways we can prepare for our winter.
Drafts are Not Your Friend
Wherever there's a draft, not only are you and your family uncomfortable, but you're losing energy and paying higher heating costs. The US Department of Energy shows that stopping drafts around doors and windows can reduce energy costs for a home by as much as 30%!
You can help your house out by grabbing some weather stripping and caulk to seal any open areas around window frames and doors. Adding a layered drapes to windows will block out the cold.
Got drafts under doorways? Consider a door sweep. And don't forget the exit door to your garage and access points for attics and crawl spaces!
Check out these other way to help make your home energy efficient!
Make Your Ceiling Fans Work for You
Warm air rises, so recirculate the warmer air to the lower parts of the room by flipping the switch on your ceiling fans to make them go in reverse! Also, running your fans on low will help to lift the chill in your home!
If you run into electrical issues, give Mr. Fix It a call: (520) 227-8194.
Prepare your HVAC System
Did you know that over time, thermostats can lose their accuracy? Winter prep is a great time to test your thermostat, and if you're using an older, analog one, consider upgrading to a programmable digital model.
While we're changing things out, don't forget your filters! Since the hotter temps means more use, filters tend to gather dust and debris which can clog them up, which makes your HVAC system work harder to perform at normal levels. This can lead to higher utility bills but also lower quality of air inside your home! So change them out!
A good rule of thumb for HVAC maintenance is to have the system serviced twice a year: once before summer and once again before winter. A solid technician will clean and inspect your system and catch any potential issues before they become big surprises.
Need help? We recommend Mountain View HVAC.
Prevent Home Fires
Always give your furnace a once over before colder weather sets in. Do the controls work? Does it need a new filter? The answer should always be yes, since a clean filter not only improves the efficiency of your furnace, but potentially prevents a fire!
Speaking of fires, if you have a fireplace in your home, you should check that out, too! Consider getting the chimney swept for debris, ensure the flue is functional, repair or replace the protective exterior screening.
Check Your Lifesavers
While you're doing your winter preparations, this is a great time to check on the lifesavers in your home. Check your smoke alarms and CO2 detectors to make sure they're functional. Replace any batteries and equipment, if necessary. This flyer from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a great resource for more information.
Check your fire extinguishers, too! All extinguishers have a gauge to determine if they're still viable. Also make sure that you have fire extinguishers in all your high-fire risk areas. This includes your kitchen and fireplace!
So important! Make sure you know how to use your extinguishers! While that might seem like common sense, not all fire extinguishers are the same, and neither are fires! Check out this guide on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
Call Us Today for a FREE Estimate
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Benjamin Franklin
If you discover any issues while doing your seasonal check, please call us for assistance. The estimate is FREE, and the work is warrantied for two years. We're licensed and bonded in the state of Arizona, and most importantly, we care about the community we live in. So let us help you keep your home safe this year. Give us a call today!
520-227-8194 | firstname.lastname@example.org