Preparing Your Home for Colder Weather- Part 1April 28, 2018
We tend to think that our homes are built to last anything, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, depending on when they were built, you could be looking at regular (and expensive) upkeep. It’s something to keep in mind when you’re in the market for a first or new home, and it’s something that you definitely want to work into the budget. There’s nothing worse than being hit with surprise costs down the line that could have been avoided to begin with. Luckily, you’ve stopped by the VIC Underpinners site, and we’ll ensure that you’re ready to properly navigate any storms (pun intended) ahead. With the weather turning colder, and stormy weather always a possibility, we thought we would spend today’s post outlining the best ways to get ahead of the game. If you’re newer to the VIC site, welcome! We’re so glad you’re here and can’t wait to share our passions with you. If you’re a regular visitor, you know that information sharing is paramount to our customer service strategy, the importance of which cannot be overstated. Read on for part one of two posts full of tips and tricks:
As much as we hate to admit it, it’s time to tune up your heating system. It won’t cost much, in fact it should only be $80-$100 to bring a professional and that makes all of the difference. They’ll take a look at the system to ensure it’s in good shape and that it will be efficient for the season to come. Bonus? They’ll also inspect any potential leakages of carbon-monoxide.
The next tip may sound rather odd but can make all of the difference. It’s something that we don’t even think about – your ceiling fan. Sure, it whirs during the summer and can help cool you down, but as the weather outside accomplishes that, you’ll want to reverse the blades. After you turn on the heat, shift the blades so that they’re rotating in a clockwise direction. This pushes the heat down into the room since hot air rises. This is especially applicable if you live in a home with higher ceilings. You’d be surprised at the improvements that this can make.
Finally, for today’s post…. A topic that can be deadly for some and traumatizing for most. You may recall many different icicles from last winter. This is probably a scenario that you want to avoid in the years ahead. Even worse? Ice dams, that can even allow melted water to spill into your home. Thanks to the VIC team and the experts that we’re lucky to call teammates, we’re helping you to avoid that this year. What’s the solution? You want to take advantage of a home-energy auditor or even a weatherization contractor. They come in and they immediately identify any air leaks. They also take a look at the insulation in your home and ensure that it’s adequate for your needs. There are all sorts of solutions that they can offer you.
Questions? Let us know. And stay tuned for more tips in our next post.