Winterizing Your Home
Winterizing your home is extremely important, considering Wisconsin’s brutal winters. Competitive Heating and Air Conditioning can help you winterize your home before temperatures begin to drop. The average home that is not properly winterized can lose up to 50% of it’s produced heat during the cold seasons. Taking a little time to winterize your home can save you lots of energy and money in the long run.
The ideal time to winterize your home is when temperatures are hovering between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin by clearing off any debris that may have accumulated on your roof and in your gutters. Old leaves and branches can freeze and cause snow to stick around on your roof for longer than necessary. Replace any shingles that may be old or loose.
Insulating your pipes against freezing temperatures will prevent them from freezing and bursting mid-winter. Place pipe insulation around any exposed pipes that might prove problematic, especially if these pipes have given you trouble in the past.
Check your home for drafts, particularly in basements and attics. Minor drafts need to be insulated as well, specifically those coming from doors, windows, and outlets. Seal these drafts using specific window and door insulation plastic. 50%-75% of your home’s heat can escape through easily sealable places. Taking some time to seal off your home from the cold can save you money in the long run.
A major part of winterizing your home against the Wisconsin winter is having a Competitive Heating and Air Conditioning expert come and perform a tune-up on your heating system. Call us at (262) 534-7930 to schedule a tune-up in preparation for the cold weather today!