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When Old Man Winter rears his head, there’s no better place to be than snug in your home – and with a little bit of preparation, you can rest assured that your home will be warm, cozy, safe and energy-efficient this season. In this post, we’ll take a look at five simple steps you should carry out now to winterize your property:

1. Get Your Furnace Ready
This tip is more preparation than winterization, but important nonetheless. It’s always a good idea to have your furnace tuned up prior to winter to ensure it’ll work effectively and efficiently when you need it most. This includes replacing the air filter.

2. Safeguard Your Air Conditioner
Is all winterization on a home related to your HVAC system? No, but it’s an important part of safeguarding your home during the cold weather months – and just as it’s important to ready your furnace, you don’t want to forget about your outdoor air conditioner unit. We suggest turning off the power supply to the air conditioner unit to prevent inadvertent activation and insulating pipes to prevent freezing.

Consider covering the unit to protect it from ice and snow, just make sure it’s a breathable cover to avoid rust and other damage.

3. Clean Your Gutters, Downspouts
Make sure your property’s gutters and downspouts are clear so that snow runoff can drain properly away from your home’s foundation. Clear gutters also help reduce the likelihood of ice dam formation, which has the potential to be particularly damaging to your property.

4. Check the Seal
We’re talking about cracks or gaps in caulking around windows, which can cause drafts and make your furnace work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Use a caulk gun to fill in the gaps as you see fit and consider even taking your efforts a step further by administering weatherstripping tape around seams.

5. Don’t Forget About the Basics
There are several other things that you should be doing around the home to prepare for winter:

• Check your smoke detector batteries and consider having them hardwired for enhanced reliability.

• Flush your hot water heater to rid it of any sediment.

• Install draft guards under doors and insulation film on windows to reduce strain on your HVAC system.

• Trim bushes and trees so that branches won’t come into contact with your home or vehicles.

Whether you’re in Paducah KY, Metropolis IL, or the surrounding area, Reed Electric Heating and Air can help you care for your home. Click Here to contact us today and learn more about our services.

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