Tips for Maintaining Your Michigan Home in the Winter

In Michigan, the weather can be so unpredictable. Winter can last until April sometimes, which means more maintenance for your home. A working furnace and heating system is a must for a Michigan winter.  You never want poor maintenance to result in frozen pipes. Now that winter is almost halfway over, it’s time to check up on your home’s winter essentials. Here are some tips for maintaining your Michigan home for the rest of winter.

Update your heating system

While it may seem like a simple task, your heating system should be tuned-up so your home can brace the winter weather. A good way to start is to replace your furnace filter. Have a technician come out and check your furnace or replace it if needed. Routinely check your gas tank levels and never set the temperature below 60 degrees. If you’re looking to be more energy efficient and save money, look into geothermal heating for your home.

Clear gutters

Clean our your gutters before winter starts and whenever you notice debris collecting during winter. Clearing out sticks and leaves can allow snow to drain properly. To avoid leaks in your home, make sure the gutters are facing away from your home.

Check your windows

Don’t let a cold breeze get through your windows. In Michigan, windows with insulated glass is a must. Sometimes, it’s not exactly practical to replace your windows. You can also buy window insulation kits or a draft snake if you don’t necessarily have the money for new windows. Make sure your windows are shut and locked at all times to avoid any drafts.

In case of emergency

In the case of power outages or snow-ins, prepare an emergency kit. This can include blankets, flashlights, canned foods, a first aid kit, water, batteries and warm clothing. It’s better to be safe than scrambling around when an emergency does happen.

Install a programmable thermostat

You can save hundreds of dollars by installing a programmable thermostat. It allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. You can set your heat lower during the day when you’re at work or at the beginning of the season when it’s not as cold.

Winter requires a lot of preparation for yourself and your home. These tips could help you save money and your home from damage. If you’re looking to get your home checked for the winter, Northwinds Heating and Cooling is available for all of your heating needs for the winter.

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