Winter Tips For Your Home
Hello again from your friends at Advance Cleaning Company! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family!
Now that we have rung in the New Year and the temperatures are finally starting to drop below freezing here in the south, we wanted to share a few things you can do to help save on energy costs and protect your home from possible damage. Below are just a few tips that can help prepare your home for this winter:
- Check all windows and doors for air drafts. An easy way to check this is to turn the air/heat off and burn a candle near the windows and doors to see if any air drafts move the flame. Windows and doors should be caulked to seal up any gaps or spaces where heat is escaping and cold air is getting in. The weather stripping should also be inspected to see if it is working properly and replaced if necessary. In a pinch, a draft stopper can be placed along the bottom of the window or door to help stop a draft and save on energy costs.
- Make sure all water pipes are properly insulated! This is a big one because water can freeze inside the pipes as the temperature drops. The freezing water expands and causes the pipe to break or burst open, which can cause a flood and water damage inside the house. Also, on especially cold nights or if you leave your house for vacation you might want to leave a few sinks or tubs with the water slowly dripping to make sure there is moving water in the pipes because running water doesn’t freeze as easily as standing water.
- Insulate light switches and outlets. The boxes that house light switches and outlets are not insulated the same way walls are. As a result, cold air can get in through them. Foam insulation inserts are available at home improvement stores and can be easily installed behind the switch and outlet covers.
- Before you build a fire in the fireplace this winter season, ensure the chimney is clean and clear of debris. You can accomplish this by hiring a chimney cleaner to make sure smoke doesn’t build up inside when it should be outside.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans usually have a switch on the base that changes the direction from counter-clockwise to clockwise rotation. This helps the warmer air that rises to the ceiling to be pushed back down and circulated throughout the room, which will help with heating costs.
We hope that you find these tips useful as we move through this winter season towards spring!
From all of us at Advance Cleaning Company, we hope you have a wonderful and safe winter!