Warm Up Inside
It’s that time of year again where we swap out shorts and sunscreen for sweaters and hot apple cider. Whether you welcome the change of the seasons with open, albeit cold, arms or you’d rather it stay summer forever, there is no denying that the chillier days are on their way.
As we enter the upcoming fall and winter months, we’re all looking for ways to bundle up and keep the cold out. Read on for our tips for an efficient, warm, and cozy season at home.
We are blessed to live in a time where our homes can be quickly and effectively heated with the press of a button. Our HVACs are great tools that increase our comfort greatly. That’s why we’re left in a chilly bind when something goes wrong,
To avoid any heating mishaps this winter, we recommend you schedule your heating repairs early on. These services will allow technicians to assess any issues and address them before they turn into larger and more expensive problems. It will also set you up for a long season of warm winter nights.
Seal Up The Home
Every crack or hole in the home presents an opportunity for warm air to escape and the cold outside air to creep in. This not only makes your home colder, but it also makes your heater work harder to heat up the home and adds up on your utility bill.
Head to the hardware store and pick up caulk or sealant. Find any unsealed windows or doors and patch them right up. This can be accomplished in an afternoon and will last all season.
It might surprise you to learn that there are some plumbing tasks you should take care of before the frost moves in. These projects include:
- Cleaning out your gutters.
- Insulating pipes.
- Disconnect hoses and cover the hose bibs.
- Shut off outdoor faucets.
These small adjustments will go a long way in keeping things flowing and avoiding frozen components.
Purchase A Space Heater
If you’re the cold one in the family, consider purchasing a space heater to keep you warm throughout the day. Space heaters are a great way to heat up a specific area of the home. Simply place it in the room with you, with plenty of surrounding empty space for safety, and begin to defrost. This way, you can feel comfortable without having to turn the thermostat up higher, costing you more money and making the rest of your family sweat!
If you do utilize a space heater, be sure to use it safely. This means:
- Do not plug it into an extension cord.
- Do not leave it turned on close to furniture or textiles.
- Never leave it unattended.
- Explain to young children that they may not touch it.
Need Help Preparing For Winter?
With the cold days right around the corner, we know you’re in need of some help. Give Universe Home Services a call at (516) 473-0202 for all your heating, plumbing, appliance, and electric needs.