Winter weather can put your Southwest Oklahoma home at risk of water damage, while drafts can make it feel cold and uncomfortable. Use the following winterization tips to make sure your home stays warm and dry this season.
Temperatures in the area can dip into the 20s at night and cause your pipes to freeze. This raises the chance of having one or more pipes burst when pressure builds up inside them, which can lead to costly water damage. You can prevent this from happening by insulating pipes in areas of your home that aren’t regularly heated. Wrap these pipes with fiberglass or polyethylene insulation to lower the risk of having them freeze.
Replace the Furnace Filter
Before you start running the heat this season, take out your furnace filter and put a brand new one in. Your filter can become clogged with dust and dirt, making it harder for your furnace to heat your home. Replacing the filter with a new one helps your furnace work more efficiently, so it won’t have to run as much. This can extend the life of your furnace and save you money on your heating bills this winter.
Apply Weatherstrip Tape and Caulk
Doors and windows are among the draftiest places in homes. You can keep cold air out by using weatherstripping around the edges of doors and windows and sealing cracks or crevices with caulk. Doing this helps your home stay warmer in winter and lowers your energy bills. Don’t forget to seal gaps or cracks around other areas that let in drafts, such as around outlets and light switch plates.
Prevent Chimney Drafts
If you don’t use your fireplace during winter, place a chimney balloon inside it. This balloon will keep out drafts and prevent heat from indoors from escaping, leading to a warmer interior all season long.
For more information on winterization tips for your home or to schedule routine maintenance on your furnace before winter, contact Davis Air Conditioning. We offer a wide range of HVAC services for homeowners in Southwest Oklahoma.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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