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Cold Weather Preparations To Make Right Now

As we quickly approach November, you will undoubtedly be turning on the heat, if you haven’t done so already. We’ve had some cool nights here in the Myrtle Beach area over the past couple of weeks, even though the weather remains very nice, for now. But we all know, colder weather is coming, and cold weather preparations need to be taken care of.

If you want to find ways for reducing your heating bill this winter, take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts and get some of your cold weather preparations done now.

Cold Weather Preparations

Make sure cold weather preparations include checking all your window sills for leaks.

1.  Air leaks around windows and doors let heat escape every minute of the day. Start with simple solutions like sealing your doorsills. Simple stick-on weather stripping tape is available at most home improvement stores, and can make a huge difference. Also consider caulking windows, or applying a clear, heat-retaining film, to prevent heat loss.

2.  Another of the many cold weather preparations you should make now includes checking your attic insulation. Make sure your attic floor has plenty of insulation, whether it’s loose or blow-in fiberglass or rolls of fiberglass batting.

3.  Check Your Gutters. If your gutters are full of debris and leaves or obstructed, water cannot drain properly. If we were to have sub-freezing weather, this can lead to the formation of “ice dams,” in which melting water refreezes on your roof and blocks proper drainage. If the water cannot drain, it can often collect under your shingles and cause structural damage over time.

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4.  Another of the cold weather preparations you should be taking care of now includes checking for outside holes. Any place where a pipe or cable passes through your roof can be a source of heat loss. Look for areas where pipes from your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, or even your cable TV pass through an external wall, and caulk those areas well.

5.  Change your air filter. A dirty air filter not only makes your furnace work harder, it can lower the temperatures in your home by hindering airflow. Change your filter regularly to keep your home comfortable and efficient.

6. Call for a checkup. Proper maintenance will help your heating unit run more efficiently. Electric and oil heaters should get professional attention at least once a year and gas heaters every other year.

No matter what type of heating system you have, reducing your heating bill by following these tips for cold weather preparations should be a priority. Brown and Reaves Services can help by giving your heating system a full tune-up for the winter. Call us today. 843-497-9867. And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and grab your 20% off coupon on our next service call.

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