Tips to Prepare Your Home or Business for the Winter Weather
Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “Tips to prepare your home or business for the winter weather” went live on November 11, 2015.
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In Central Pennsylvania, the Fall season and climate are major perks to those of us who reside here year around, and even an attraction for many who don’t. However, as the leaves change – so too does the weather. While winter weather can be somewhat difficult to predict, proper preparation of your home or business can prevent you from getting left out in the cold. Below are some cool winter tips:
Maintain and Control Flow
It is critical to maintain water and air flow in, around, and outside your home or business throughout the winter season. For example, when snow or ice melts from your rooftop due to interior heat exhaust, it can refreeze at your roof’s edge. While this occurrence presents itself as a somewhat iconic winter symbol, the Icicle, if not controlled can form an ‘Ice Dam’ that blocks the natural flow of water and can force H20 in its liquid state to penetrate the roof covering and enter into the interior of your home or building.
To protect pipes, crawl spaces, gutters, and outside walls that are prone to freezing, I offer some additional advice to maintain flow:
- Fit exposed pipes with insulated sleeves.
- Seal cracks and holes in exterior walls and foundations near a water source.
- Insulate your attic and crawl spaces to reduce the amount of interior heat exhaust.
- Clean gutters and remove debris such as ice, leaves, and other waste.
- Disconnect all water hoses.
Inspect Your Heating Sources
More residential fires occur during the winter months of December, January, and February than any other time of the year. While a warm office, home, and meal are important to both your comfort and safety – do not wait until it’s too late to inspect your winter heating mechanisms.
Taking care of some of these important tasks will help protect you from the threat of a fire and can even help you save on your winter energy bills:
- Check and change your heating filter every three months. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to become clogged and overheat. A clean filter allows your furnace to operate efficiently, and is a cheap way to save an additional 5% to 15% on your bill.
- Monitor your furnace upon initial start up to insure that it is working per manufacturer guidelines.
- Clear and clean your fireplace and check fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
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