Homeowners typically know they need to protect the outside of their homes from winter weather extremes. But what about maintenance to help you stay comfortable and safe inside when the temperatures drop? Here are some home winterizing tips and considerations on where to start. These home winterizing tips will also help you save energy and money this winter too.
Myrtle Beach Home Winterizing Tips
Safe Space Heater Use
About 43 percent of house fires were caused by space heaters between 2011 and 2015, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The USFA offers the following fire prevention tips:
- Turn off your space heaters before you leave the room or go to bed.
- Keep clothing, curtains or anything else that might burn at least 3 feet away.
- Use a heater with an automatic shutoff, which will turn off the device if it tips over.
- Plug your heater into an outlet rather than a power strip or extension cord.
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It’s important for you to make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Check to make sure the units have not expired, that they’re equipped with fresh batteries and they’re placed properly throughout your home — so you can be warned of any danger signs.
Taking a few proactive steps and brushing up on safety measures can go a long way toward preparing your Myrtle Beach area home for winter. Then you can hunker down and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your home are more prepared to brace to coldest months of the year in the safest way possible.
Energy.gov suggests using a programmable thermostat to maintain certain temperatures throughout the day. You may want to set yours to a cooler temperature during the hours you’re out of the house or asleep, and a warmer temperature during the hours you’re typically home and awake. Doing this can also help you save money by not heating your home unnecessarily, Energy.gov says. programmable thermostats are generally better for homes with furnaces, not heat pumps.
More Ways to Stay Warm
Energy.gov suggests running ceiling fans in the clockwise position during the winter, to circulate warmer air down into the room. Other home winterizing tips include opening curtains during the day to let heat from the sun inside and closing curtains after sundown to trap the heat inside. Finally, keeping chimney flues closed when they are not in use may help prevent cold air from coming in through your fireplace.
Heating Equipment Inspections
Furnaces and chimneys should be professionally inspected at least once a year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). During routine spring and fall maintenance appointments, a professional should inspect your thermostat and furnace filters. You should also check your furnace filters yourself each month and replace them at least every three months. Dirty filters may interfere with air flow and result in higher heating costs and more wear and tear on your furnace or heat pump.
Call Swift Services Heating, Cooling & Electrical in Myrtle Beach SC today at 843-236-9060, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about these home winterizing tips for your Myrtle Beach area home.