How to Prepare your Home for Winter

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We all know that preparation is important for any number of things. Getting your home ready for winter is no different. Without taking the proper precautions your HVAC system might not keep up with your demand for heat. On the other side, you could end up with some busted pipes from having them freeze. If you’re a first time homeowner, or just need a little guidance on how to get your home prepped for winter, you’ve come to the right place!

Here are a few simple things you can do to prepare your home for the coldest part of the year.

Cleaning a furnace filterGet your furnace looked at by a trained service professional. Get it professionally cleaned and tuned up. The cleaner your furnace is, the more efficient it will be. Call us at 913-432-3342 and have us come take a look at your furnace.

Similarly, don’t forget to change the filter on your HVAC system. A clogged filter will prevent a consistent air flow through the HVAC system causing unnecessary wear and tear on the interior components of the furnace.

On the plumbing side, insulating the main water line is a great idea. Keeping the water main from freezing is critical for several reasons. First, water can't get to the rest of the house if there's a block of ice in the way. Second, as water freezes the molecules become less dense. This causes the water to expand. As the water expands the pipes begin to build up much more pressure. As the pressure builds, the freezing water needs a place to escape. Eventually, the pipe bursts so the water can escape.

Opening the cabinet doors so the pipes running through the pantry can get some extra air flow is a great idea as well. You want to keep the interior of the cabinets heated so the pipes don’t start to freeze. This is particularly important on outside walls. The walls that are exposed to Mother Nature can pull extra heat from the water lines and cause them to freeze. To fix this, open the cabinet doors or leave the faucets dripping just a little bit to relieve some of the pressure in the water line.

Icicles hanging off a roof

Outside water lines are more susceptible to freezing because they’re exposed all the time to the cold. To protect those water lines make sure to disconnect your hoses from the hydrants and blow out the sprinkler system of all water.

Hopefully these tips help out a little bit, and for more information feel free to give us a call at 913-432-3342. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog and we look forward to hearing from you!

 
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