It is difficult to predict what the weather will be like during a New York winter where weather conditions can vary significantly. Whether you are expecting a record-breaking season or typical winter weather, it is important to prepare your home properly for the winter chill.
Whether you’ve got a ductless heat pump or a traditional HVAC system, taking preventive steps now with smart maintenance and home improvement tasks will help to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
- Schedule an annual tune-up! You should schedule a tune-up for your heating system at least once a year. The ideal time for this visit is right now, before you turn on the heat for the first time. If it has been more than a year since your last tune-up, schedule one as soon as possible.
- If you have a chimney, have it inspected! You should have your chimney inspected by a professional as well, even if you do not use it very often. The inspector can recommend cleaning, repairs, and other maintenance tasks as needed. If you don’t use your chimney at all, consider installing a chimney balloon. This will prevent heat loss and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
- Adjust your thermostat settings. As you transition from air conditioning to heat, it is important to adjust your thermostat accordingly. While you will save money with warmer temperatures in summer, you can also save money by leaving the thermostat on lower settings.
- Insulate those pipes! The very cold temperatures can take a toll on your plumbing system. Pipes that aren’t insulated properly have a higher risk of freezing. Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home are quite vulnerable as well. Check for exposed pipes in the garage, attic, basement, or crawlspace.
- Make sure your house is well insulated. There are a variety of areas you can check to make sure no heat escapes. Check the seals around your windows. If you find the seals to be lacking, use weather stripping or caulk to seal around the frame. If you’re not satisfied with the amount of insulation this provides, you can remove the trim and put in expanding foam. You can also seal your doors by putting self-stick foam around the door frames. Another easy way to weatherproof is to simply stick a door sweep at the bottom of the frame between the door and the floor.