When temperatures start to dive, there are many things you can do to keep your home systems operating at their best in the winter months.
Set ceiling fans to spin clockwise: In order to circulate warm air that rises to the ceiling, set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise and the warm air will be forced down to your living spaces.
Change air filters in heating and air system: Each month it's a good idea to check and change the air filters in your heating and air systems as needed.
Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: At least twice a year, test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they are working properly.
Clear snow and ice from driveways promptly after snowstorms: As snow falls and ice forms can form on your driveway, be sure to shovel and clear these as soon as the storm is over. This helps to protect the concrete from cracking and removes the salt and road de-icing elements that can corrode your driveway.
Clean gutters if not done earlier in Fall: Keeping your gutters free of leaves and other debris will help your drainage system keep moisture away from your home's foundation.
Close crawl space vents at the foundation: Be sure to take care of other outside maintenance such as closing crawl vents and cleaning gutters. Closing crawl vents at the foundation helps keep your home more insulated through the winter months.
Take steps to prevent frozen pipes: Taking steps to prevent frozen pipes will avoid costly damage to your plumbing. When temperatures are in the teens or single digits for several days in a row, it is a good idea to make sure you are keeping water moving through your pipes that may be at most risk as well as allowing warm air to flow in order to keep them from freezing. Know where your main water shut off valve is located - usually in your garage or basement - and check to make sure it closes and opens properly. Should you have a frozen pipe, you will need to turn off the main water to your home to begin resolving the problem. Keep cabinet doors open at sinks that may be along the exterior walls of your home. Keep your heating vents open in all rooms to allow heat to circulate properly and for your system to operate most efficiently.
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