Tips from an East Bay HVAC Contractor
Winter has a reputation as the harshest of seasons, with cold temperatures and nasty storms taking a toll on homes and people alike. However, with the following preparatory steps, you can turn your home into a cozy fortress that is ready to withstand winter and keep you comfortable until spring.
Check Your Insulation
Insulation is critical for winter: It keeps heat inside your home, which in turn heads off both chilly rooms and high utility bills. Insulation is particularly important around doors and windows, as covered in this HomeAdvisor infographic, so check those areas for damaged or missing weatherstripping and caulk.
Also pay attention to your home’s pipes, which are less obvious but equally critical to insulate properly. A frozen pipe can burst and cause thousands of dollars in damage, so to be on the safe side, consider hiring an East Bay general contractor to check up on your insulation.
Mind the Fireplace and Chimney
Many homes have fireplaces that go without use for several months at a time. Other homes make regular use of this comforting, crackling amenity. Regardless of how much work it does, if your home has a fireplace, the pre-winter months are a great time to schedule an inspection and cleaning of the fireplace and chimney. Those that undergo heavy usage may have soot buildups, while lightly used ones may have collected animal nests or other hazards.
Check the HVAC System
The winter months will see your HVAC system doing a lot of work. Basic maintenance steps like changing the air filter can go a long way. It is also recommended that you have a Castro Valley building contractor look over your system: A professional can spy problems that may not be visible at first glance, assess the issue(s), and perform the repairs necessary to get your system ready for the coldest part of the year. Need a pro in the Bay Area? Talk to BA Morrison today.
Assess and Clean the Roof and Gutters
Winter weather can put quite a strain on your home’s roofing system. Therefore, East Bay building contractors recommend having your roof inspected and your gutters cleaned before winter. As with other inspections, a roofing inspection can identify problems before they become more costly. Additionally, clean gutters will be much more able to channel water away from your home, which is an important duty as snow and ice melt.
Call Your East Bay HVAC Company To Service Your Heating and Cooling System Today
When it comes to heating your home, you should never compromise on the comfort you enjoy. Working with a reliable Castro Valley heating expert will ensure you are on the right track. Call B.A. Morrison, your local East Bay HVAC company for service before the temperatures drop to make sure your heater is ready. Contact us through our website here, or call 510-538-9817 .