It may not feel like it yet, but winter is right around the corner. Here are some steps you can take to get the most out of your plumbing and heating this winter.
Pre-Winter HVAC Inspection
Before the cold weather hits, have your heating and ventilation systems checked out by a professional. There are more than 20 steps required in an annual furnace check, including maintaining your furnace filter and checking for carbon monoxide leak. By scheduling a professional check-up you can make sure your furnace will be running at its most efficient level.
Replace Your Furnace Filter Regularly
After you’ve had your furnace checked by a professional, it is important to continue having your furnace run well by checking and replacing the filter regularly. This will not only help heat your home, but can save you money as well!
Set the Thermometer According to Need
Adjusting your thermometer when you are not home can help save you money during the cold winter days. Many thermometers now can be scheduled to heat up or cool down during the times of day you are home or away. It is important to note that if you are leaving the home for extended periods of time, you should make sure your heat is set at a minimum 60 degree to avoid complications such as frozen pipes.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your pipes can help you heat your home more efficiently as well as save you money. Pipes in unheated areas like garages and crawl spaces are especially vulnerable and more likely to freeze. By insulating these pipes you can save yourself the hassle and expenses that can accrue with frozen pipes.
Turn Off any Drain Hoses that are Not in Use
Before winter hits we recommend you disconnect your garden hoses and turn off water to the hose bibbs. Draining pipes or hoses that come from your air conditioner can also save you from the nightmare that comes with frozen pipes.
Know the Location of Your Main Shut Off Valve
Having everyone in the home know where your main shut off valve is can save you money and precious time in the case of an emergency. Make sure your entire household knows where the main shut off valve is and how to turn it off and on.