Everyone knows Chicago’s winters can be harsh on your house and heating bill. Be prepared this year with ONCALLERS® and our Winterize your Home Checklist 2018.
Our Winterize your Home Checklist 2018 should be done in the Fall. Ideally by September or October. Don’t wait until it’s 10° F outside in December to start. We’ll cover various parts of your house from plumbing to your roof. Let’s begin!
Give your thermostat a test run before it gets cold outside. Turn the thermostat on and set it to 80° F to test. If it kicks on correctly then you have nothing to worry about, put the thermostat back to its standard settings. If it doesn’t, you can try to diagnose it yourself or give our HVAC Pros a call to have a qualified technician come to your home and help.
Heating System Checklist
- Replace the Air Filter with a new clean one.
- Check the Fuel if you use a propane or oil furnace, make sure it’s topped off.
- Clear the heating vents in your home so the air can flow properly.
- Check for Carbon Monoxide leaks. Checking for Carbon Monoxide is very important and should be done with a detector or a testing badge.
Lastly, if you are using an old thermostat, it might be time to upgrade. We suggest installing a smart thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat or the Honeywell Smart Color Programmable Thermostat. Have one of our trusted handymen come to your home and install one with ease!
The air conditioning condensing unit is one of the most overlooked tasks of getting ready for winter. Don’t ignore the condensing unit this winter.
Winterize Condensing unit Checklist
- Clean the unit of all debris and give the blades and condensing coils a quick spray with the hose to quickly clean it.
- Cover the condensing unit to stop it from rusting and freezing. Make sure the cover is waterproof but breathable.
- Remove your wall air conditioning unit if it’s not permanently attached and store it for the winter.
Burst pipes can be one of the most expensive repairs in the house. Here are some basics to help you protect them from a savage winter.
Winterize Piping Checklist
- Insulate exposed piping that is in your crawl space, attic or outside the house. Wrap these pipes with electrical heating tape, then, wrap them with foam insulation.
- Exterior faucets need to be covered with a hose bibb or sill-cocks. Next, turn off the waters supply from the inside.
These are easy ways to insulate the doors and windows of your home to keep the heat inside all winter long.
- Wrap your windows with an indoor shrink kit to stop drafts.
- If you have a gap in the bottom of your door, you should block that with a draft blocker.
- Cover your hot water tank with an insulating blanket.
- Cover your exterior outlets and switch plates with foam sealing gaskets.
- If you don’t use your fireplace often, make sure to seal it with a fiberglass sealer.
To conclude this winterize checklist, we get to the roof. The area of your house that protects you from freezing rain, snow and wind. Make sure to get it ready for the winter elements.
Winterize Roof Checklist
- Clogged gutters can be a menace in the summer or winter. Be sure to clean them of all debris and make sure they are properly draining. If you don’t the water will freeze and can cause damage to your roof and possibly your yard.
- Cut tree limbs that are near your roof because the weight of snow and ice can cause them to break, possibly causing damage to your roof or yard.
- Repair any weak spots on your roof so the elements can’t get in.
- Check your attic insulation for gaps and fill them to save money. Secondly, remove any insulation that is damp or moldy.
We hope this Winterize Your Home Checklist is useful and helps you save money this winter. Chicago’s winters might be long and cold, but at least your home can be nice and warm.