How to Prepare Your Home for Winter
The Atlanta area may be out of reach for the fingers of the fearsome Polar Vortex, but even in our milder climate, you still need to prepare your home for winter. From preparing your furnaces to cleaning your gutters, you’ll want to keep your home safe and warm while saving as much money and energy as you can.
Clean Your Gutters
Dirty or clogged gutters can lead to ice dams or potentially hazardous icicles. Ice dams may result in water damage to your ceiling and walls, as melting snow and ice will have no way to leave your roof.
Make Sure You’re Insulated
Make sure your home has sufficient insulation in its attic or crawlspace; heat escaping through the roof not only wastes energy and increases your heating bill, but it also contributes to the potential for ice dams. Also, check around doors and windows to make sure there are no cracks or loose seals. Use caulk or filler to prevent cold air from coming and heat from leaving. If you have single-paned windows, you may want to consider covering them with clear, plastic window insulation.
Get Your Furnace Ready
Perhaps the most important consideration as you prepare your home for winter is furnace safety. You should have it inspected and cleaned every year before you turn on the heat. Change or clean the filter(s) in your furnace before you start it, and afterward, check the filter(s) every month or so while the heat is on.
As part of your annual furnace inspection, be sure to have your chimney checked out. A clogged or dirty chimney presents a fire hazard and, at the same time, reduces your furnace’s heating efficiency — which costs you money. If you have a furnace that runs on oil or natural gas, a clogged chimney or dirty filter can also create a buildup of carbon monoxide, which can be dangerous for you and your family.
Give the HVAC pros at Casteel a call if you need advice or tips on how to prepare your home for winter. Casteel also offers professional inspections to let you know exactly what you might need to take care of before it gets too cold, as well as a home maintenance program so you’ll never have to worry about winter again.