When winter arrives a lot of us act surprised as if we have never experienced, let alone seen, what winter does to people. ‘Winter is here,’ is a common phrase we have grown accustomed to using, but are our homes geared up for what is to come? The good news is that there are HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) companies that are run by people who have felt hard done by winter over the years and have devised ways of ensuring that your home is warm and cozy during the harshest weather on the calendar. Winterize your home by applying a few candid cold weather tips outlined in this article, and they are not for your reading pleasure.
Seal Off Entry Points
Before doing anything else ensure that you seal off entry points to prevent the cold weather from permeating your home. This means closing all windows during the day when the cold is at a minimum. The reason for this is twofold. First of all, the cold is outside and not inside your home. You might invest thousands of dollars in heating and ventilation, but all your efforts will go down the drain if your window are not kept shut. This might seem obvious but most of us- even I- have taken half closed windows and doors for granted when they are the actual culprits.
Keep A Fire Going
I bet you have once booked into a hotel with a lit fire in the reception area and you just felt at home. ‘Feel at home’ means exactly that, a cozy fire brewing in the hearth all day long, is that too much to ask?
Other Handy Tips
Clean gutters regularly as gutters with poor drainage tend to cling onto melted snow such that when it snows again a cold block of ice will be literally be hanging over your head. Another useful trick is winterized plumbing. Winterizing plumbing simply means fixing leaks that leak water and cold into the home without you noticing. The pipes of your central heating system must also be maintained regularly to ensure that they are working properly.