Winter is quickly approaching in Buffalo, NY, and this means colder temperatures, harsh winds, and snow and ice. To ensure that your home is prepared for the winter season, it’s crucial to take some steps to winterize your home. The process of winterizing your home is not just about making your home more comfortable; it is also about ensuring that your home is safe from costly breakdowns and mishaps after the ice melts.
First things first, let’s talk insulation. When your home is not properly insulated, the cold air can easily seep through the cracks and gaps, making it harder to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Adding insulation to the attic and walls of your home can help to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
Service Your Heating System
It’s highly advisable to schedule a professional inspection from a Roy’s tech before the thick of winter. We can examine your system thoroughly, clean filters, and identify and address any issues to prevent costly breakdowns. This proactive step ensures that your heating system operates efficiently and reliably throughout the season while keeping your energy bills low and your comfort high.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Similarly, upgrading to a programmable thermostat can significantly reduce your energy consumption and costs. These thermostats allow you to set different temperature levels for different times of the day. For instance, you can program your thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re away from home or asleep and raise it when you’re there. Some advanced models even learn your habits and automatically adjust the temperature accordingly. If you have questions about which smart thermostats we suggest, Just Call Roy’s.
Protecting your pipes
Frozen pipes are a major problem during the winter season. To protect your pipes from freezing, make sure that they are properly insulated. You may also want to consider keeping a trickle of water running through your pipes during the very cold nights. If a pipe ends up bursting or leaking, don’t wait! Call a Roy’s plumber ASAP to avoid flooding or more damage.
Stay Powered up
In areas prone to power outages, installing a backup generator can be a lifesaver. These generators automatically kick in when the power goes out, providing electricity to essential systems in your home, such as heating, lighting, and refrigeration. It’s a significant investment, but it can offer peace of mind during severe winter weather. But just because you invest in a generator, doesn’t mean you should neglect professional wire inspections. Here at Roy’s, we can ensure your home’s electrical wiring is up to code and in good condition. Faulty wiring can pose safety hazards and may lead to electrical problems including fires – especially when power surges occur during winter storms.
Preparing your Buffalo area home for winter can seem overwhelming, but with the right approach, you can protect yourself, your family, and your investment. By making small adjustments and getting a few professional checks from a Roy’s HVAC, plumbing, and electric technician, you can be ready to face the cold months comfortably and safely. Just Call Roy’s at 716-218-1106 and stay warm and safe this winter!