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How to Survive the Winter

Summer is officially over – cold weather is sneaking up, and now is the perfect time to start preparing for winter! Now, when we say prepare for winter, we don’t mean break out the eggnog and ugly sweaters – it’s still much too early for that. What we’re actually talking about is making sure your home is ready to make the switch from heating to cooling!

How to Prepare for Winter

Schedule a Furnace Tune Up

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune up before the winter hits. Why do you need a furnace tune up? Well, think about it – your furnace has been sitting dormant all spring and summer. Can you really expect it to run perfectly and at full capacity right when you turn it on? A professional furnace tune up from All Seasons will help expose any problems with your furnace that may have popped up while it was shut off so they don’t cause any serious issues later on. Trust us – a quick furnace tune up has helped many people avoid needing major repairs during the winter!

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

You probably already know this, but carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely toxic. You may not know that your furnace produces carbon monoxide every time it’s on – the gas is a byproduct of burning gas or oil. Fortunately, carbon monoxide is usually exhausted out of your house harmlessly.

That said, there are times when your carbon monoxide could leak out of your furnace, potentially creating catastrophic hazard levels in your home. And the worst part is, you won’t even know it until it’s too late! This is why you need to install a low level carbon monoxide detector in your home – it’s the only way you’ll be able to stay totally safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Install a Humidifier

Once your furnace has been checked out and your carbon monoxide detector is fully set up, it’s time to finish off your winter preparations by installing a humidifier in your home. As your furnace runs, it will burn off the moisture in the air, leaving dry skin, lips and furniture in its wake. A humidifier will return that moisture to the air, making you feel comfortable and warm all winter long! Installing a humidifier has a number of benefits, including:

  • Keeping your lungs moist and elastic, reducing your risk of colds and flu
  • Preventing dry, cracked lips and skin as well as preventing things like nosebleeds
  • Protecting your wood floors and wood furniture from drying out and cracking
  • Making your home feel warmer, allowing you to turn down your thermostat by a few degrees

With a furnace tune up, a carbon monoxide detector and a whole house humidifier, your home’s HVAC system will be totally ready to face the winter season ahead. If you’re ready to prep your heating system for winter, call All Seasons Heating & Cooling today!

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