Preparing yourself for winter is a must in Wisconsin. But there’s more to it than testing your snowblower and storing outdoor furniture—you also need to prepare your house. New Berlin Heating & Air Conditioning’s experts are here to help with seven tips for winterizing your home this season. Find them below, then give us a call at 262-784-8889 for professional heating and cooling help.
How to Winterize Your Home
1. Service Your Heating System
Whether you have a furnace or a boiler, the first thing you should do when winterizing your home is schedule routine maintenance. Not only will this make your system more energy-efficient, but it will also keep it running all season long without fear of breakdowns. New Berlin Heating even offers maintenance agreements to help remind you about service and save on it all at once.
2. Test All Alarms and Detectors
Check your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms to make sure they work. If need be, change batteries or upgrade the devices so they’ll catch any potential home fire or gas hazards, which are more common in the winter.
3. Seal Windows and Doors
From re-caulking cracks to putting weather stripping on doors, now’s the time to seal up any potential leaks in your home. This will help improve the house’s energy efficiency, as less heat will be lost, and will also help keep you warmer for longer.
4. Replace Your Air Filter
The start of winter is a great time to change your filter. This simple step helps make sure dirt, dust, and other airborne contaminants don’t circulate through your home and potentially make you sick. It also helps improve your furnace’s efficiency, as a clean filter encourages optimal airflow.
5. Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat
Today’s thermostats can do more than allow you to change the temperature. Wi-Fi and smart thermostats can let you adjust settings right from your smartphone and even schedule temperature changes based on whether you’re at home or away. These devices also let you monitor your energy usage so you can use it as efficiently as possible.
6. Switch Your Ceiling Fan Direction
Ceiling fans are a great way to keep air moving, but they also have another helpful use. You can switch the direction the blades rotate depending on the season. For example, rotating them clockwise in winter can push warm air—which naturally rises—back down to you while pulling cool air up. It’s a simple way to feel warmer in cold weather, even without turning up the thermostat.
7. Call New Berlin Heating With Questions or Issues
Winterizing a house is easy when you have the professionals at New Berlin Heating on your side. Whether you need to schedule maintenance or are looking for a new heating system, trust our experts to have the answers you need.
Professional service is one phone call away: 262-784-8889.