5 Home Winterization Tips
Winterizing your Overland Park home is going to provide you with a number of benefits including better indoor air quality, a smaller chance of water damage, and lower utility bills.
Those that have just begun to notice a change in the weather should take a look at these five winterization projects that can be finished over the weekend.
1. Update Your Window Treatments
Older window treatments can waste an exceptional amount of energy. Luckily, windows are quite affordable to update and this project takes no more than a few hours.
The two major upgrades that Overland Park homeowners will want to consider are thick curtains with thermal lining and clear window film to retain heat.
2. Clean or Close the Fireplace
Families that have a fireplace are going to have two options during the winter. The first option is to seal off the fireplace and make it is airtight as possible. The second option is to have the fireplace thoroughly cleaned and then open it just before using it.
3. Find and Replace Broken Shingles
Broken shingles can result in expensive damage during the cold and wet months. In addition to visually inspecting the outside of the roof, you can also head into the attic during the day and see if light is shining through any cracks.
Any twisted, broken, or missing shingles should be replaced well before the first rainstorm.
4. Reverse Ceiling Fans
Many people do not realize just how effectively a fan can regulate a home’s temperature during the winter. When the weather cools off, the fan should be reversed so that it is going clockwise.
This actually pulls up cooler air and pushes warmer air to the side and down. The fan should be kept on the lowest setting so that it does not create a draft that near any HVAC vents.
5. Replace HVAC Filters
An HVAC filter that is packed with dust and other contaminants will increase one’s energy bills and decrease the home’s indoor air quality.
Most air filters will need to be replaced just before the start of the fall season and then checked at least once every month. Depending on the quality of the filter and how often the HVAC system is used, most filters will need to be replaced every three months.
Winter is almost upon us in the Overland Park, KS area. To get the best advice on winterizing your home, call Priced Right Heating & Cooling at (913) 713-5911 today!