As winter starts to approach, many Indianapolis residents are starting to get ready for some of the coldest temperatures of the year. As you start preparing for the winter season, don’t forget to make sure that your home is ready. There are a few preparations that you should make before the temperatures start to drop too drastically.
How to Prepare Your Indianapolis Home for Winter
Here are some basic tips that you can use to get your Indianapolis home ready for the winter season:
Make sure your home is insulated.
Heat can escape through cracks and leaks in doors and windows. Not only does this make it more difficult to bring your home to a comfortable temperature, but it also wastes energy and can cause your electric bills to surge. Make sure that your home is well insulated before winter arrives to avoid soaring energy costs.
Get your chimney cleaned.
It’s recommended that you get your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year, especially if you are using it two to three times a week during the winter. In addition to cleaning your chimney, the professional can inspect for any interior damage that may impact the use of your chimney.
Store any outdoor furniture.
Snow, cold temperatures, and rain can damage outdoor furniture and décor. Clean and dry any patio or outdoor furniture before storing it for the winter. Place the furniture and any other outdoor décor that may be damaged due to the cold in your shed or garage to protect it. Otherwise, cover with a tarp to avoid damage from the elements.
Test your heater.
It’s important to test your heater before you start using it for the season. Turn on your heater and check to make sure that it is working properly. If your heater doesn’t turn on or you notice smells or sounds coming from the unit, turn off the heating system and call a professional HVAC technician to inspect the unit. To avoid being left in the cold, it is better to address any issues or malfunctions with your heating system before you start using it for the winter.
Schedule a pre-winter furnace tune-up.
Your heating system needs routine maintenance just like your automobile. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a trained HVAC technician at least once a year. Your HVAC tech will clean and inspect your HVAC system components to make sure that everything is working smoothly. The HVAC technician will check for wear and tear as well as any signs of malfunction and address these issues before they need more costly repairs. This tune-up will help you ensure that you and your family are warm all winter while keeping your system running efficiently.
If you need help getting your heater ready for the winter, the trained technicians at Efficient Systems are only a phone call away. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for heating maintenance, repairs, or new system installation.