Winter Weather Tips to Keep You Cozy and Safe

Winter is here, and with it comes the challenge of keeping our homes warm and comfortable. As the temperature drops and the wind howls, your heating systems and water pipes are put to the test. Papalia Home Services cares about your well-being, and we have gathered some valuable tips to help you navigate the chilly days ahead.

Adjust Your Thermostat Strategically

Start by raising the temperature in your home by 2 to 4 degrees above your normal setting. Take programmable thermostats out of setback mode and set them on a permanent HOLD. This ensures a consistent and comfortable temperature, preventing your home from becoming too cold.

Seal Off Cold Entrances

Keep your garage doors closed and limit the opening of exterior doors. Closing shades and curtains helps insulate your home and keeps cold air at bay. Be sure to check that air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed to allow efficient heating.

Maintain Heating Systems

Forced hot air systems require clean filters for proper airflow. If you have a 90%+ furnace or boiler, ensure that the intake and exhaust pipes are clear of ice and snow. Heat pumps also need attention – keep snow away to allow good airflow.
If you have baseboard forced hot water, refrain from using alternative heating sources like pellet stoves, gas fireplaces, or wood fires without turning up your heat. This prevents pipes from freezing due to lack of water circulation.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Open kitchen and vanity cabinets where pipes are located on outside walls. If your faucet has a history of freezing, let the water trickle to prevent ice buildup. Disconnect garden hoses from outside faucets and drain your pipes properly to avoid freezing.
In the case of frozen pipes, turn off the water main to prevent flooding when it thaws.

Safety First

Make sure to create clear pathways to all exterior vents and clear them of ice and snow so they may vent properly. Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on every floor of your home – this is crucial, as CO is a silent killer. If the alarm goes off, leave home immediately call all 9-1-1 once safely outside to report the incident. Check to see if anyone is experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and vomiting. Do not return to the building until it has been cleared by first responders.

Responding to Temperature Drops

If your home temperature drops and your heating system is operational, do not panic. Some systems struggle in extreme cold, and recovery may take time. Set your thermostat at 70 degrees or higher and ensure that your heating system runs constantly to maintain a warm house.

Helping Vulnerable Populations

Take a moment to check on elderly neighbors or family members. Winter can be particularly challenging for them, and a simple check-in can make a world of difference.

Conclusion

Winter weather poses unique challenges for homeowners, but with the right precautions, you can keep your home cozy and safe. By following these tips and staying proactive, you will be well-prepared for the colder days ahead. Remember, Papalia Home Services is just a phone call away for any assistance. Stay warm, stay safe!

Papalia Home Services – Your Partner in Home Comfort

Remember at Papalia Home Services, we are committed to ensuring your home stays warm and comfortable. If you encounter any issues with your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, or water filtration systems, or drains do not hesitate to reach out. Our experienced team is ready to provide prompt and expert assistance. Call us on 978-897-1701 for comprehensive solutions and reliable service. Trust Papalia Home Services to keep your home cozy throughout the winter – we are just a phone call away!

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