It’s almost January, and there’s no better time to get your home ready for a fabulous year ahead. Here are 4 useful tips that will help you prepare your home for the New Year!
An easy way to prepare your home for the upcoming year is to do a thorough deep clean. Don’t wait until the spring–there’s no time like the present to get your home in great shape for starting a new calendar year! Be sure to stay on top of any holiday messes as the occur, and once the festivities are over, declutter rooms by getting rid of any unnecessary items that may be hanging around. Spread the holiday love by collecting any unwanted items into a box (or two!) and donating them to your local donation center.
Take care of bigger tasks, as well, so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor during the coldest months of winter and into the spring: flip your mattress, clean your registers or baseboard heaters, and do a thorough dusting of everything in your home.
Weatherproof Your Home
Winters in Columbus can get cold! Jan through the beginning of March can bring some of the coldest temperatures to the Columbus area, so make sure that your home is ready. Do a perimeter check of your home and test for air leaks from the outside. You can easily do this by running a lit incense stick around the exterior walls of your home. If the smoke moves more in certain areas, that’s where you’ll need to seal up any leaks. Depending on whether the air leaks are coming from your windows, doors, or electrical outlets, use either weather stripping or caulking to close up any gaps. By doing this you’ll prevent both cold air from entering your home and warm air from escaping.
Get Maintenance on your HVAC System
Annual maintenance on your HVAC system is very important. Ideally, you should have maintenance performed on your HVAC system twice a year: once in the spring, and once in the fall. But, if you haven’t had your system checked out by an HVAC professional in over a year, now is the time to act. Routine maintenance is so important; by having your system checked out regularly, an HVAC professional will be able to let you know if your system is running properly, or if there are any small issues that need fixed. By catching small problems before they become big ones, you can help extend the life of your HVAC system all while ensuring that it’s running just as it should.
Seal Off Unused Rooms
If there is a room or two in your home that sees little foot traffic, it might be wise to seal the room off, so to speak. Close the registers in the unused rooms and keep the door shut. There is no point to heat, or cool, rooms in your home that no one is using; and you’ll be able to cut down your energy bills a little each month since your HVAC system won’t be working to heat unoccupied rooms.
Need help getting the HVAC system in your Columbus home ready for the new year? Contact the experts at Aire-Flo Heating and Cooling. Whether you just need your annual tune-up or you’re thinking about installing a brand new system, our team of experienced HVAC technicians has got you covered!