December 14, 2017
Winter’s here—but is your home ready for the cold weather?
If you’re not sure, don’t worry. We’ll cover 5 insanely important tips that will protect your Colorado home throughout the winter.
5 winterization tips we’ll explore include:
Let’s go into more detail about each of these tips...
The last thing you want is to be stuck with frozen pipes this winter. If your pipes freeze, you’ll be left without running water. But a frozen pipe could also mean expensive repairs (when pipes freeze, they can burst).
To prevent those problems, you’ll want to protect your indoor and outdoor pipes. Here’s how…
Related reading: Check out our article, “3 Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing in Colorado” for more information about protecting your pipes.
Lower winter energy bills start with keeping the hot air in and the cold air out.
4 ways to block out the cold air include:
A nice, warm fire is perfect for those cold winter nights. But before you build your first fire, have a professional check your fireplace to make sure it’s in good shape.
Here’s why: Since you probably haven’t used your fireplace since last winter, it could be dirty and filled with animal nests or creosote buildup (thick coating of soot/carbon). If debris is blocking the chimney and you use the fireplace, you risk letting dangerous gases (like carbon monoxide) enter your home, which could cause serious health problems or even death.
So, before you use your fireplace, you’ll want to have a professional chimney sweeper remove any debris and make sure your fireplace is safe to use. A professional has the right brushes and tools to remove creosote buildup, debris or dead animals from hard-to-reach spots at top of your chimney.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one for the winter season.
Here’s why: A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts your heating schedule so that you never run the heat when you don’t need it. This can save you money when you’re not at home (workdays, vacations, etc.) but it still provides you with the comfort you need, when you need it.
For example, if you’re out 8 hours during the day for work, you can program your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature for those 8 hours and then automatically raise it back to your desired temperature right before you get home.
Learn more about programmable thermostats by visiting our smart & programmable thermostat installation page.
Getting your heating system maintained by a professional helps you in 2 ways:
Think of getting maintenance like changing your car’s oil: Your car performs better when the oil is changed regularly, and all the components are working properly.
Maintenance has the same effect on your heating system: it helps your furnace perform better. When your furnace is at the top of its game, it doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home, which reduces your monthly energy bill.
The LAST thing you want in the middle of winter is for your furnace to break down. Luckily, getting your heating system maintained by a professional before the heating season can prevent a mid-winter breakdown.
A professional will inspect your system to make sure everything is working properly. If there’s something that needs a repair, they’ll alert you and give you a quote on how much it costs to repair the problem. To learn more about heating maintenance, visit our service page about furnace tune-ups.
For your convenience, you can request an appointment in one of two ways: