It’s no secret that Michigan winters can be harsh. The winter of 2013 was one of the coldest winters in many years and many Michiganians got a much needed reminder that it is essential to prepare for winter weather. Don’t be caught unaware if this winter is another tough one: take steps now to protect your home from severe weather.
Check for Air Leaks
Air leaks inside your Grand Traverse County home can be the cause of high utility bills and uncomfortable, chilly drafts in the winter. Look for leaks on a windy day by taking a lit stick of incense and waving it in commonly drafty areas, like near windows and doors, baseboards and fireplaces. If the incense flickers, it indicates a draft that you will want to seal up.
Prepare Your Plumbing
While you are right to be concerned about heat in the winter, your plumbing is also a big concern. Check for signs of leaks under sinks and make sure your water pressure is adequate. Most importantly, make sure that you know how to prevent frozen pipes. When the temperatures outside drop below freezing, your pipes could burst. Protect your home from severe weather by making sure your pipes are well insulated and you know how to prevent frozen pipes.
Make Sure Your Furnace is in Tip-Top Shape
If you didn’t get around to having your furnace checked in the autumn as suggested, it’s never too late. You don’t want to risk having a furnace that stops working on the coldest day of the year! A furnace tune-up cleans the components within your furnace and makes sure everything is working as it should, which makes your system run more efficiently. A more efficient furnace also saves money on the utility bills! Don’t forget to change out your air filters on a regular basis, too.
Your HVAC company is your best partner when you want to protect your home from severe weather. Contact Team Bob’s Healing Cooling Plumbing for more information today, because winter will be here again before you know it.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about severe weather protection and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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