November 29, 2021
Before the temperatures drop…
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces, attic, and garage. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes are.
- Wrap pipes with heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. Be sure to follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
- Seal leaks that allow cold air inside, near where pipes are located with caulk or insulation. When it’s extremely cold, a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
Prepare for Winter
Conduct Maintenance and Clean Your Units
Whether you have a furnace, a heat pump, or a multipurpose unit, it is important that you schedule a maintenance visit and conduct some DIY seasonal cleaning.
- Replace Your Filter - It takes only 5 seconds to do and can increase your AC’s productivity by 15%.
- Purchase An Upgrade - If there is a time of the year to take a day without heating or cooling, it’s during the fall. Temperatures are mild; not too hot and not too cold.
- Start Warming Up Your Heating Unit - Your home comfort system benefits from regular use; it keeps the motor hot and the system loose.
Be Sure to use your wires correctly…
Here are four tips that will help you stay safe through this cold holiday season.
- Don’t plug space heaters in extension cords or power strips.
- Don’t overload your outlets, use surge protectors instead.
- Don’t connect over three strings of lights
- Make sure any outdoor extension cords or Christmas lights are marked for outdoor use.