The popular HBO series Game of Thrones has made the phrase “winter is coming” a staple in every-day American culture. Marietta this year did not have a chance to utter those words as temperatures randomly plummeted from the high 80s down to the low fifties in one day. We have already seen our first snowflakes and we are greeted by frost in the mornings. Winter is not coming. Winter is here!
That being said, there is still time to prepare your homes for the consistently below-freezing weather that is still on its way. Here are some recommendations that we feel will be the most helpful over the long haul.
Keep faucets running — on low
During the polar vortex of 2014, many people suffered the inconvenience of frozen and even burst pipes. One of the tricks is to keep a little bit of water running if you know the temperatures are going to remain below freezing for a long period of time. The water doesn’t need to be a steady stream, just enough to produce some regular drops.
Change your furnace filters
Not only will changing out your filters help your furnace run more efficiently, you’ll also be able to rest peacefully knowing there isn’t dust and muck blowing all through your house. That is definitely a plus for a long winter!
Install storm doors and windows
We have talked about windows a lot on this blog, but it bears repeating. Most of your heat (or your air conditioning) can escape through poor-quality windows. Barring the ability to replace windows and doors, it is easy enough to at least add some foam around the edges, or anything else that can help keep the heat inside and the cold outside.
Put your air conditioner to bed
Make sure any excess water is drained away from your air conditioner. Turn any switches off, drain pipes and hoses, and make sure they are all tucked neatly away. Not only will this help during the winter but it will also help you be more energy-efficient when the air conditioner is needed once again.
Do not leave your thermostat on high when you leave the house
Even if you have warm furry pets, you can afford to turn down the heat a little bit when you leave the house in the morning. You can also turn down the thermostat a little when you go to bed. When you’re in bed you have lots of blankets available, which hopefully you do not carry around with you during the day (that would be very strange). Contacting Aardvark Communications will enable you to learn about an app that can help you control your thermostat no matter where you are. That means you could turn your thermostat down during the day and raise it up before you leave the office, which means by the time you get home everything will be warm and cozy again.
These are just a few ideas. What steps do you take to winterize your home? Let us know what we missed!
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