The leaves are starting to turn and the air is slowly getting chillier outside. Are you prepared? No one likes to have a cold home or high electric bills from turning up the heat. So, here are some suggestions in order to help keep your home warmer during the winter season.
Check Your Pipes
When it comes to water heating systems, check your home’s pipes to make sure they are up to the job. You can do this by contacting your local plumbers to come out and check the Anode rod, which is the most critical part of your water heating system that is the main transporter for your hot water. It’s very important that you call a professional for these things, as it can be tricky uninstalling and reinstalling them. The pipe itself when it’s unusable should be corroded by all the hot water that has run through it, as tap water is hard with minerals, and the piping is typically made out of magnesium, which can erode over time. A newer one will be smooth.
Water Pipe TLC
First, a science lesson on water: when it freezes, it expands. And when water expands, it can make pipes burst. In order for piping to not burst, it’s greatly advised by plumbers to turn your water valves off. And piping on the outside of your home that is not insulated by any kind needs to be wrapped up by a towel before it starts to freeze. Foam is also a popular choice.
Don’t Go Too Low
When looking at your thermostat, it’s tempting to turn it completely up for non-stop comfort, but the costs can be daunting. That’s where programmable thermostats come in. These superheroes can allow you to program times when the heat is not needed – like when you’re not home, for example. Just be aware of not setting it too low, as this can make the pipes in your home freeze.
Keep Vents Clear
When inspecting your vents, be advised to not put furniture in front of them as this can make air circulation in your home become clogged up and not reach every corner of your house. Moving tables, chairs, and other kinds of furniture is an easy way to make sure you get the most out of your thermostat this winter. Don’t forget changing the HVAC filters are a must to get the most out of your vents monthly too!
Mind the Gap
Foam weather stripping isn’t just for underneath the front door – it can be used all throughout your house. Blocking air exchange from coming underneath your doors is a way to easily block a draft from occurring at the bottom of the door and in entryways.