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Tips for Winterizing Your HVAC System

Cold days are coming, which means it’s time to winterize your systems. Iowa winters can get pretty cold. It’s important to have your systems prepared for anything that may come our way.

Shut down your outdoor pipes.

Since you won’t have to worry about keeping your grass green or any outdoor plants watered, a great place to start is by draining and turning off your outdoor pipes. This is an extremely important step considering these pipes are usually the first to freeze. Make sure to locate all of your outdoor faucets, shut off the valve and drain the hose before winter is here.

Insulate exposed pipes.

Not everyone will have exposed exterior pipes, but it’s always a good idea to check if you aren’t sure. These pipes could run along your home or inside of your garage. You can complete this walkthrough with a qualified technician if you are unsure what to look for. Once you have verified which pipes need covered, you can add insulation or use pool noodles as a DIY trick to avoid frozen pipes. You should also try your best to keep your garage door shut as much as possible while it is cold. Not only will this benefit your pipes, it will also benefit your energy bill.

Prepare your furnace.

Your furnace will need specific attention before winter arrives. Dust and debris can build up while the furnace is in and out of use. Make sure to vacuum out any particles that are collected inside of your furnace to ensure the highest level of efficiency.

You will also want to change your filter. This is the easiest yet most forgotten step. If you didn’t change your filter last fall, it’s necessary to get a new filter in your system to prepare for winter. If you are on a maintenance plan, your HVAC tune-up will include this.

Follow these tips to prepare for a safe and worry-free winter. Need to get on a maintenance plan? Are you looking for trusted and certified heating and cooling technicians to look at your HVAC system? Call 72 degrees today at 515-965-7272.

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