Winterizing Your Home

As winter approaches and the cold weather is settling in, you’ll want to ensure that your home is ready for the rest of the season. Here are our top tips for winterizing your home:

Clean Around Your HVAC Unit

If you didn’t get around to cleaning up the last of the leaves before the snow started, you might want to consider getting back out there and cleaning up any remaining debris around your HVAC unit. Any built-up dirt, leaves, grass, or plants growing too close to your unit can affect its performance. Taking just a few minutes to clean the area around your system can help save you energy throughout the year.

Remove A/C Window Units

If you have a window A/C unit, we recommend removing it from your window during the winter. Covering your unit can help protect it from the weather, but that won’t prevent it from being exposed to frigid temperatures. Removing your unit completely and bringing it inside is best so that you can protect it from the cold temperatures and keep it running smoothly next summer.

Set Your Ceiling Fan to Rotate Counter-Clockwise

Did you know that ceiling fans have the option to rotate both directions? In the summer, you should have your fan run counterclockwise to create a downdraft. This provides you with a cooling, breeze effect. But there is a small switch on your fan which will allow it to rotate clockwise. In doing so, your fan can create an updraft and helps circulate warm air around your home.

Insulate Your Windows

Our last tip is to insulate your windows. You can start by weatherproofing your windows or you can completely replace your existing windows and install storm windows. If you choose to weatherproof your windows, you have a few options. You could add weatherstripping, apply window film, or you may also want to consider adding caulk or foam tape to protect the cold weather from seeping in from outside.

If you’re due for an HVAC check-up or have any questions about preparing your home for winter, contact our technicians today. You can contact us at (304) 212-2004.