Now Is The Time To Prepare For Winter Weather
Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for cold weather. No one wants to be caulking cracks or putting up storm windows in the frigid cold. Take care of business now, and enjoy the savings all winter. Follow these tips to get started.
1. Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Replace the batteries in your smoke detector, and test the unit. Space heaters, Christmas lights and fuel-burning appliances increase the risk of house fires. Protect your home by maintaining your smoke detectors and appliances.
2. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you have a gas stove, boiler or fuel-burning furnace, you need to have carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home. Battery operated units are available, but you may prefer one that plugs into a standard outlet.
3. Protect Your Home from Radon
North Carolina is in a high-risk radon zone. You can protect your family from this radioactive, carcinogenic gas by performing a radon test and investing in a digital radon detector.
4. Replace Your HVAC Filters
Replace your furnace and air return filters now and each month during the heating season. Emergency service calls can be prevented by performing this simple task. New filters support good airflow and indoor air quality too.
5. Service Your Heating System
Schedule heater maintenance now. Tune-ups are important because they improve the efficiency of your heating system and address safety concerns. A dirty furnace burner, cracked heat exchanger or damaged vent pipe can release toxic carbon monoxide in your house.
6. Weatherize Your Home
Maintaining the interior and exterior of your home can lower your energy bills and increase your comfort. Take time to caulk cracks and gaps, install storm windows and insulate exposed pipes.
7. Trim Tree Branches
To protect your home and vehicles, trim any damaged, weak or overhanging branches. Ice storms can bring down limbs on the healthiest, strongest trees. This could damage your home or cut off your electricity.
8. Prepare for Emergencies
Avoid emergency situations by stocking up on supplies and listening to weather reports. Keep plenty of food, water and any medications that you might need in your home. Use a weather radio or smartphone to receive emergency alerts. Avoid driving in bad weather.
Complete these tasks now to reap the rewards all winter. If you haven’t had your furnace tuned yet, schedule seasonal maintenance with Rapid Repair Experts to get ahead of the rush. Contact us today to learn more about our heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing services.