It's that time of year again. The last of the leaves have fallen and there's no amount of hot coffee can warm you up on those frosty mornings. If you've noticed the cold, chances are, your house is also affected. The winter can affect your in-house plumbing and HVAC systems. You want to be sure your home is prepared for sub-zero temperatures, ensure that your heating system is working and your pipes are padded to avoid freezing.
Here are 5 key ways to get your home ready for the winter months.
1. Clean Your Gutters
Whether you want your gutters cleaned by a professional or you're up for a gutter cleaning DIY challenge it's essential to clear out old leaves, twigs, and debris before the winter months set in. Your gutters are meant to drain excess water and runoff from the roof of your home. when the gutters are clogged, it can lead to a build-up of water or snow on your roof. This can lead to leaks and water damage as a result, as the water runoff has nowhere to filter if the gutters are clogged.
2. Have Your Furnace Serviced By A Professional
The last thing you want is your heating system to stop working in the dead of winter. Although Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating does provide 24h emergency services it's best to be prepared before disaster strikes. We suggest you have your furnace or boiler serviced and inspected by an HVAC professional. We repair every major brand of furnace, broiler, and other heating equipment. If you require a new furnace or broiler, we also assist with furnace replacement and installation.
3. Install Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant floor heating can be an excellent heating addition or alternative to any home. You'll never have to tiptoe across cold tiles or floorboards again. Radiant floor heating can actually help you save on your heating bill as it uses less energy than regular heating methods. Learn more about radiant floor heating on our services page.
4. Prevent Burst Pipes
If you have exposed pipes in or around your home, have a professional install winter padding to prevent frozen pipes. Many older homes throughout the Lower Mainland do not have adequately padded pipes. When pipes are not kept above freezing temperatures, the water inside can freeze. This solidification can cause the pipes to expand and burst, both inside your home or around the home in the garden.
Check to ensure your pipes are padded, call your plumber for an assessment. If you are going on a vacation during the winter months, it may be tempting to turn your home heating system off. Resist this desire and leave it on while you are away. It will prevent the pipes in your home from freezing while you are away. If your pipes do happen to freeze, we provide emergency water main repairs and replacement.
5. Check For Drafts And Leaks
This is an easy step and can be done in a matter of minutes. However, it is essential not to overlook this. A drafty door or leaking window can have your home heating system working overtime. It can also end up costing you more money in heating bills, simply because your warm air is escaping through a draft or crack. Manually check each window and door in your home for drafts. Ensure the protective insulation and panels are not cracked or peeling away.
Call Your Plumbing and HVAC Specialist At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating
If you want to learn more about the steps you can take to winter-proof your home, call one of our dedicated specialists today. Our team is happy to give you the advice you need to prepare for winter, keep your plumbing and heating systems up-to-date and assist with any emergency services required.