Cold temperatures are here to stay learn how to protect your house from the cold

Winter weather is no fun in the Midwest area of the Unite States.  T.F. Ehrhart has been servicing this cold area since the early 1900’s and we know what needs to be done to protect your home in this cold weather.  First off have an efficient furnace, that has been checked in the Fall to make sure there are no cracks in the heat exchanger and there is a clean and appropriate size filter in place.  If you have a chimney make sure the liner is free from debris and the cap on your roof is in good shape.  After that here are a few more tips to make sure things stay as warm as possible.

  • Keep drapes and blinds closed, except when windows are in direct sunlight.
  • Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
  • Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
  • Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
  • Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
  • Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows.
  • Run paddle ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air.
  • Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors.

For those of you with vehicles that are parked outside and not in a garage we have listed below a few other items that may come in handy.  These can also apply to homeowners with a garage or shop building that is not heated also.

  • Check antifreeze levels in cars. Add if needed, then run the engine to circulate the new antifreeze through the radiator and engine block.
  • Add freeze resistant windshield wiper fluid, and spay to circulate it in lines.
  • Check air pressure in tires, since cold weather causes the pressure to lower.

Stay safe and warm Spring is only 29 days away!

-Ryan

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