5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Dec 27, 2021 | Blog, Canal, Canal Winchester, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Tips & Tricks, Winter

Your Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling family wants to ensure you are getting the best use out of your HVAC system this winter. Your furnace may be up and running with no issues. But if your house is not winterized for the season, it may eventually cause your furnace to get overworked. Not to mention this would result in a very high heating bill for you. So how do you make sure your home is ready? Here are a few things you can check and adjust in your home as needed.  

Check Everywhere for Potential Air Leaks

Why check for air leaks? Think about it. Maybe you have any cracks or holes on your house’s exterior that you never gave a second thought to. Pay attention to these as they are where air would escape out of your home. When it comes to patching up these areas, you should use quality materials. Also, go through your house and inspect the windows and storm doors. Look for gaps or spaces that might be allowing the air to pass through. Remember to also check any weather stripping around your doors and windows as well; keep in mind that worn weatherstripping will need to be replaced.

Examine the Attic’s Insulation

Most homes should have about 10-14 layers of insulation in their attic. This is a critical area to winterize correctly because warm air rises. If your furnace is constantly running to keep the temperature at its setting, this may be a sign that your home isn’t well insulated.

Inspect the Roof for Missing Shingles

Rooftops are often overlooked when it comes to winterizing homes, which makes sense if you can’t see in plain sight any issues that might be going on with your roof shingles. We highly recommend getting that fixed if you know or even suspect that your roof may have any missing or loose shingles. Even if it is only one shingle, it can contribute to the issue. Melted snow could potentially travel into your house’s rooftop in these missing patches.

Survey the Plumbing

If you have any plumbing pipes in your basement, and your basement tends to stay a bit on the chilly side, then consider wrapping your pipes with pipe insulation. This can help prevent any crazy mishaps such as bursting or freezing pipes. Can you imagine the mayhem this would cause if a pipe burst in your home? Again, you can lessen the chances of this happening by using pipe insulation.

Schedule a Tune-up & Safety Check

We would generally recommend performing a tune-up and safety check in the fall or beginning of winter. However, if you have not done so yet, no-big-deal! You can call Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling today, and we would be happy to get you scheduled. In order to keep your home in tip-top shape for the winter, your furnace needs to be in five-star condition as well. This is where tune-up and safety checks come into play.

Your furnace should be set up for success, so to say. A furnace without a properly winterized home will become overworked and have problems. Finding ways to keep the warm air inside your home and the cold air out will go such a long way in making sure the furnace runs at its best capacity. Winterizing your home does not have to be a stressful process. Take your time and make any necessary adjustments as needed. If you have any further issues with your furnace or keeping your home heated, please don’t hesitate to call us. Call Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling today at (614) 524-4737, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!