Preparing Your Home for Winter

September 15, 2015

Believe it or not, winter is right around the corner. Just like you may prepare your car for winter by purchasing snow tires and antifreeze, your Ohio home needs proper attention before winter strikes. Below, the HVAC professionals at Rick’s Heating & Cooling have outlined proper steps you should take to prepare for the cold season ahead.

Preparing the Exterior of Your Home for Winter

There are several steps you should take when properly preparing your Ohio home for winter and the snow ahead.

  • Clean your gutters of leaves and other buildup to prevent overflow.
  • Cover your outdoor air conditioning unit with a protective cover to block snow and ice.
  • Remove window air conditioner units and properly store them indoors.
  • Rake fallen leaves for an easier spring cleanup.
  • Protect outdoor lawn and patio furniture by properly cleaning and storing them indoors.
  • Drain garden hoses and insulate exposed water pipes.
  • Trim and remove dead tree branches, especially above your home, to assure no limbs get broken when heavy snow falls.
  • Properly inspect your roof to assure it is ready for a heavy snow fall.

Preparing the Interior of Your Home for Winter

Similarly to preparing the exterior of your home for snow, the interior of your home also needs attention when getting ready for a cold season. Many steps you can complete yourself; however, it is best to contact an HVAC professional when dealing with preparing your heating unit.

Before winter strikes, you should make sure the following items are in order:

  • If you use a fireplace or wood stove, be sure to clean and inspect your chimney and all working parts.
  • Inspect your home’s thermostat to ensure it is switched from cool to heat.
  • Clean or change your furnace filter. Your filter should be changed approximately every month when in use, especially if you have small children or pets.
  • Inspect all heating ductwork for holes and loose connections.
  • Clear all vents to make sure no rugs, furniture, or other objects are preventing proper air flow.
  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can build up over time. Keep your family safe by testing these alarms several times per year.
  • Schedule a furnace inspection or tune-up by a licensed HVAC professional. Scheduling service with a heating professional will help prevent future breakdowns and increase the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

When to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Weather in Ohio can be unpredictable. That’s why it is important to start preparing your home now before temperatures drop too low. Before you turn on your heater, you should contact your local HVAC contractor to schedule a furnace inspection and tune-up to ensure your heating system is ready for the cold months ahead.

Contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling for Heating System Inspections and Tune-Ups

Before you turn on your heating system in your Ohio home, schedule heating service with Rick’s Heating & Cooling. As a leading HVAC contractor in the Cincinnati area, we can assure your furnace or heat pump is ready for the long winter ahead.

Schedule service online or simply give us a call at 513-899-6005!