We as South Carolinians don’t always quite know how to handle Winter weather well, and that’s understandable considering we so rarely have to deal with it. We’ve been pretty fortunate with the weather this year so far, but there’s still plenty of time for ice, snow, and sleet to make an appearance. We suggest you play it smart and prep your home for any surprise weather while you can rather than find yourself in an emergency situation at the worst possible time. What exactly should you do to prepare? We’re glad you asked…
Winterize Your Home to Stay Safe and Comfy
- Take care of your pipes. Add insulation, keep a small trickle of water flowing, drain pipes that don’t need to be used, close inside valves that run water to outdoor hose bibs, cover exposed pipes with UL-listed “heat tape” or “heat cable,” and leave kitchen and bathroom cabinets open so that your heat can keep both you and your pipes warm! Failure to do any of these may lead to frozen pipes which can lead to broken pipes. In the event of a pipe burst, know how to shut off your water to minimize flood damage.
- Adjust your thermostat. While 78 or 80 may feel like the tropical island you’ve been dreaming of after you’ve been outside in the cold, it’s going to keep your furnace working harder than it has to, and you’ll see your energy bills soar as the outside temps drop. Set the thermostat to 68 and stay warm with space heaters, heated blankets, extra layers of clothing, and a cup of hot coffee, tea, or cocoa!
- Heat things up. Have your furnace, boiler, and chimney checked and serviced, clean or replace the furnace filter on forced hot air systems, and be sure that your fuel tanks are filled. All of these will keep your home running efficiently and keep you comfortable inside as the temperatures drop outside.
- Seal in the Heat. We already told you to insulate your pipes, but don’t stop there! Add insulation to your attic or basement, add weather stripping around doors, and caulk around windows to keep your heat in and frigid winds out.
- Don’t forget the great outdoors. Trim trees that could break under the weight of ice, clean gutters so they can drain any snow- and ice-melt efficiently, and invest in a shovel or two along with some ice melt compound to keep walkways and your family safe and slip-free.
Don’t wait until the last minute, schedule a tune-up today so you know you won’t have to go one cold day without heat! Still have questions about preventative maintenance for winter? Give us a call at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online today — we want to help keep your plumbing, heating & air, and electric systems up and running all year long!