It’s time again to look at preparing your home for cold weather. Here’s a helpful set of tips:
- Make sure your vents are closed if you have a crawlspace. In our area, because of our climate, they should be closed year-round.
- Make sure your outdoor unit is clear of any debris.
- Check your windows for leaks or cracks, and install weatherstripping in any gaps. Caulk any cracks around the frame that need to be filled.
- If you have an oil or gas furnace, make sure to have it checked and cleaned.
- Check your gutters; make sure they are clear, clean, and secure.
- Check your attic for any insects or other animals that may be have gotten in.
- Replace the batteries in your CO and smoke detectors.
- If you have a fireplace, make sure you’ve cleaned out any old ashes, made sure the damper is working properly, and have had the chimney tested.
- Drain and winterize any outdoor faucets or irrigation systems before freezing weather comes.
- If your water heater is older and has never been flushed, call us to help flush built-up sediment from the tank.
- Check water pipes to make sure that any exposed ones are insulated properly.
- Make sure that you have a good fire escape plan and an easily accessible fire extinguisher.
- Assemble some emergency kits, containing supplies like batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, and flashlights.
James River Air Conditioning is always here to help with any of your home’s heating, cooling, plumbing, or electrical systems – and we service appliances as well!