Brrr! Hoosiers, brace yourselves! This arctic invasion is no joke, bringing teeth-chattering temperatures, mounds of snow, and wind chills that could freeze a polar bear’s whiskers. But fear not, fellow Indianans! Hoosier Indoor Air is here to help you and your family weather the storm. Here are some tips for keeping your home warm in this icy, wintry weather.
Keeping Your Home Warm During Cold Snaps
Here are some “stay warm” tips from the comfort experts at Hoosier Indoor Air:
Maximize Furnace Efficiency
Your furnace works harder than ever during cold snaps, so do what you can to help it do its job. Here are some tips:
Change Your Air Filter
It just wouldn’t be a blog from Hoosier Indoor Air without a tip to change your air filters. We mention it in almost every blog, but that’s because it’s so vital… and so often overlooked.
A clogged filter restricts airflow, making your furnace work harder and less efficiently. Swap it out for a clean one every month, especially during peak heating season.
Crank It Down
Every degree you can shave off can make a big difference in energy savings. Consider setting your thermostat to 68°F during the day and 62°F at night.
Drafty windows and doors are like invitations for Old Man Winter to waltz right in. Caulk around drafty spots and consider weather-stripping for windows and doors.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes during cold snaps can be a real threat to your home’s heating and comfort. Here are some tips for keeping your pipes free of ice.
This may seem counterintuitive, but a slow drip keeps water moving and prevents pipes from freezing. Just remember to collect the dripping water in a bucket to avoid waste.
Wrap uninsulated pipes with foam or fabric sleeves, especially those running through crawl spaces or unheated areas.
Detach garden hoses from outdoor faucets and drain any remaining water to prevent them from bursting.
Maintain Optimal Comfort Without Stressing your Heating System
Here are some tips for how to stay warm without changing a single thing with your HVAC system!
Cozy sweaters, fleece blankets, and fuzzy socks are your best friends during a cold snap. Channel your inner penguin and embrace the layering strategy!
Space heaters can provide targeted warmth in specific rooms, but use them safely and avoid overloading outlets.
Harness the Power of the Sun
Open your curtains on sunny days to let the sun’s warmth naturally heat your home. Close them again as soon as the sun dips below the horizon to trap the heat.
Preventative Maintenance is Key
Don’t wait for a frozen pipe or sputtering furnace to destroy your life. Schedule a preventative maintenance checkup with Hoosier Indoor Air. We’ll thoroughly inspect your system, identify potential problems before they become emergencies, and ensure your home stays toasty all winter.
Stay Warm, Stay Safe, Stay Hoosier Strong!
We’re all in this together, Hoosiers! By following these tips and trusting the experts at Hoosier Indoor Air, we’ll turn this arctic invasion into a cozy winter wonderland. So grab your favorite mug of hot cocoa, curl up with a good book, and let us keep your home warm and your spirits high.
Stay warm, stay safe, and stay tuned for more winter-beating tips from your friendly neighborhood HVAC experts!