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5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Dec 27, 2021 | OH, Blog, Cincinnati, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Maintenance, Ohio, Tip & Tricks, Winter

Your Five Star family sends our warmest wishes to you and your family this winter season! At Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati, we consider our customers a part of our family. Keeping your home warm and toasty during the winter is essential, and we are honored to play any role in making that happen. Hopefully, your home’s furnace has not been giving you any trouble, and your home is staying heated. But even the highest-efficiency furnace will not work at its best potential if the house it is placed in is not winterized to help keep cold air from sneaking in and warm air sneaking out. Here are a few tips and tricks to walk you through the process of winterizing your home.

Weather Stripping around Doors

Let’s start with doors. Think of all the doors in your house that lead to the outside. They should all have door weather stripping on them. Weatherstripping prevents warm air from escaping. Examine every door and inspect all sides of them. If any pieces are missing, torn, or worn, you should replace those pieces of stripping.

Cracks & Gaps on Walls, Etc.

Cracks, gaps, openings- check for all of these on the exterior of your house. Once you have inspected the outside, you can move on to the inside. You are looking for any opening that cold air can creep into. Aside from cracks, you also want to check around windows and outside hose faucets. Consider using a high-quality caulk or material to patch them when sealing them.

Insulated Window Treatments on WIndows

Window treatments are easy adjustment to make when winterizing your home this season. Simply change out your current window dressing for an insulated black-out curtain or quilted style type of drape. These will help keep any drafts out and are easy to switch back in the warmer seasons.

A Programmable Thermostat for the Home

If you have ever thought about upgrading your thermostat to a programmable one, now may be a great time to consider doing so. Programmable thermostats are big energy savers. You can customize your settings according to your schedule. This feature is beneficial for people who stay pretty consistent with their schedule throughout the workweek and are gone for significant periods of time. It allows you to set the time and days when you need the heat to run in your home. Programmable thermostats save energy and help your furnace not run constantly without reason.

Reverse Ceiling Fans in Rooms

Some ceiling fans have a reverse setting on them. If you have this on your fans and have not utilized them before, now would be a great time to try it out! The reverse switch is typically located on the remote control or the top of the fan itself. When used regularly, ceiling fans rotate counterclockwise and blow air downwards into the room. In reverse mode, the blades rotate in the opposite direction, and the air blows upwards towards the ceiling. Since warm air rises, using the reverse feature will help any trapped air hanging that is hanging out near the top to circulate down and be put to good use instead of going to waste.

You can pace yourself as you go through the home winterization tips. It doesn’t have to all be done at once. Any adjustment will be helpful and make a difference in your home. Also, should you have questions or concerns with your furnace running correctly, your experts at Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati would love to serve you! Call us at your convenience, and we will send out one of our knowledgeable technicians as soon as possible.

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