Winterize Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 16, 2016

Winter is almost here, which means it's time for homeowners to prepare for the long stretch of cold weather to come. Why winterize? Reduced energy bills, better indoor air quality and a more comfortable home for you and your family.

AAA Northgate One Hour Heating & Air, Steps to prepare your home for winter infographic, Peoria, IL

Reduced energy bills, better indoor air quality and a more comfortable home for you and your family.

HVAC (Heating / Ventilation)
Your heating system requires regular maintenance to operate at peak functionality and to extend its lifespan. Scheduled maintenance with AAA Northgate will prevent the risk of emergency breakdown.

As many as 90% of U.S. homes are under-insulated, leading to drafts and unwanted heat exchange. While weatherstripping and caulk among other measures can be helpful, the best solution is to professionally remove what you currently have and install new, high-performance insulation.

Windows / Doors
Check all windows for cracks/gaps, drafty spots or chipping paint. Weatherstripping and re-caulking "problem areas" work to reduce energy loss, but you may opt to install energy efficient windows instead.

Check your home's siding for any loose or exposed patches. Replace damaged panels, seal any gaps and prune any plants that may come in contact with the siding.

Gutters / Roof
Clean your home's gutters and downspouts of any debris, tightening any screws that feel loose. If leaf accumulation is a problem, installing gutter guards can serve as a good solution.

Pipes / Faucets
Turn off and drain any outside faucets and/or irrigation systems. Insulate exposed pipes located within the home, which will prevent condensation from forming, reduce the risk of freezing and improve overall efficiency.

Fire Safety
Test all smoke and CO detectors in the home for proper functionality. Also take care to remove dried leaves from the yard (to prevent brush fires) and clean residue out of your fireplace if you have one.

Get a jump on the winter weather with help from the team at AAA Northgate! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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