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How to cold-proof your home in preparation for winter

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Posted on: Fri Oct 27, 2017

How to cold-proof your home in preparation for the Prescott winter - BCS Heating and CoolingIf you live in Prescott, Arizona, you know that it gets very cold in the winter. We have a couple days in the single digits, which can be very disrupting if you aren't prepared. There are many things that you can do to your home other than the normal wrapping of your pipes in order to keep and stay warm this season. Most of these ideas are simple and easy, but often overlooked. BCS Heating and Cooling is here to give you a comprehensive checklist of the things you can do this season to prepare for the cold.

How to cold-proof your home in preparation for the Prescott winter - BCS Heating and CoolingIf your home has windows, you can place a covering to prevent the cold from seeping in. One of the most effective ways of keeping your windows from robbing your heat is to use block out blinds or curtains over your windows. They aren’t every expensive and can be easily installed. If you are looking for a cheaper way to keep heat in, consider using a blanket instead of blinds. Covering your windows with some kind of thermal insulation at night can help reduce the amount of effort your heater needs to put out to maintain a constant temperature.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace or wood burning stove in your home, make sure the chimney flue is closed when you are not using the fireplace or stove. A lot of hot air can escape out of the chimney, which can make your home incredibly cold incredibly fast. Simply blocking the flue when not in use can save you upwards for $10 dollars a month alone.

Heat loss from the undersides and cracks of doors and the seams of windows is another big factor. Simply blowing out a match and holding the now smoking head near the seam of the window or door can show you if there is air current and leakage based on the movement of the smoke. A quick trip to the hardware store can get you some door sweeps and gaskets that can be used to heatproof your home. For an easier and cheaper solution, a long door “air current blocker” can be purchased and is essentially a long small pillow that can be place under your door.

Another great sign of air leakage is spiders. Spiders only will make their nests where air moves because that is the best way to catch insects. Looking for spider webs can help you determine where air leakage is, as well as get pesky spiders out of your home. Spiders often make their homes high up, like near skylights, window frames, or above heater vents. Making quick use of caulking can help keep your home well insulated.

Speaking of well insulated, right now is a great time to get your home’s wall and attic insulation replaced or upgraded. Many homes have improper insulation, which can be a detriment both in the winter and summer. A great way to save money on your heating and AC bills is to replace old or rotten insulation.

If none of these worked well enough, it might be time to get your heater tuned up or replaced. That’s where we come in. If you have heating problems in Prescott, call BCS Heating and Cooling. We can be reached at 928-445-9700 to schedule an appointment or get more information on our services.

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