News & Events: Winter Season Home Readiness

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July 31, 2017
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For seasonal lake homeowners, here are a few reminders to help keep your home and HVAC systems working properly through the winter season.

  1. Disconnect all hoses from outside hose bibs.  Turn off manual shut off valves to outside hose bibs if equipped.
  2. Verify that your air exchanger filters have been cleaned and set the air exchanger to run on the Intermittent setting
  3. Clean or replace furnace filters.
  4. Turn on and test your forced air and in-floor heating systems. Set thermostats at a minimum of 60 degrees.
  5. Propane Customers – Verify your propane tank is filled and you are on a Keep-Fill Program with your supplier.  Natural Gas Customers – Verify your meter is clear of debris and gas lines are connected.
  6. Verify that your humidifier water filter panels have been checked and are ready for the winter season.  Make sure all water supply lines are connected and drain lines are secure.  Set your indoor humidity levels according to the chart below.  The indoor humidity level in the winter can be tricky.  If you have frost and moisture build up on the bottoms of your windows your indoor humidity is too high.  Cut back on your humidifier setting and make sure your air exchanger is running frequently enough.
  7. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean.
  8. Check all window sashes and weather stripping.  Make sure the contact area between the window/door sash and weather strip is clean.  Verify that no dust, dirt or mold build-up has occurred.  Cleaning, re-sealing & maintenance of your window/door sashes will be necessary as your home ages to keep the windows/doors functioning properly.
  9. Keep traffic away from your septic system and well areas.  Traffic on top of frozen ground drives the frost even deeper.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need your HVAC contractor to stop out for a refresher training session on your system and equipment.