There’s nothing worse than going into a situation unprepared, and the winter months are no different. If you don’t make the necessary preparations, your home could fall victim to winter’s harsh elements, which could cost you a lot of money in the long run. You’re in luck, though, because most of the ways to get your house ready for the colder weather are simple.
Being a Michigan company, the FLAME Heating, Cooling & Plumbing & Electrical team understands how brutal the winters here can be. That’s why we’re here to walk you through the winterizing process, so that you don’t make any mistakes along the way. These tips will also help you save money, which is something everyone’s trying to do these days.
Before you check anything else, you should always inspect your furnace to ensure it’s in working condition. Losing the ability to heat your home isn’t just frustrating, but it can also be costly. That’s why we recommend having your furnace inspected by a trained professional. But we also understand that isn’t always possible, which is why we offer some suggestions for preparing your furnace for winter at our Heating & Cooling Blog.
After you confirm that your furnace is not only working, but working properly, the next thing you should check are the seals around your home’s doors and windows. It’s at these areas (especially the doors) that most of your home’s heating leakage will occur. Fixing faulty seals will not only will keep the heat inside your house, but it will also save you money.
Now that you know your doors and windows aren’t flooding your home’s warm air outside, it’s important to know your walls aren’t doing the same. Over time, home insulation loses its ability to effectively keep the temperature inside your house consistent. That’s why we recommend having your insulation checked before winter is in full swing.
One thing that many people overlook is checking their home’s duct system. If your home’s vents are dirty, so is the air coming out of them. That means you and your family are breathing polluted air, which is actually one of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s top-five environmental risks to families. Having your home’s air duct system cleaned is essential to your family’s health.
If you don’t feel confident in checking all of these items yourself, we encourage you to contact FLAME and schedule a home inspection. We understand Michigan winters and care about our customers’ wellbeing, which is why we want to ensure you have taken all the necessary precautions to prepare for the winter months. Have a safe and warm winter, Michiganders!