Gold Medal Service Offers Homeowner Winter Preparation Tips
Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, is offering tips to homeowners on how to prepare the home for cold weather while saving energy and money this winter.
"Winter weather conditions can take a toll on a home," said Joe Todaro, Director of Operations of Gold Medal Service. "The homeowners we talk with are always asking us ways to keep their home cozy and warm-without breaking the bank. Besides the services we offer for winterization and system tune-ups, we recommend homeowners check both indoors and out - because there are places to save money this winter. How well a home is sealed and well-running plumbing and heating systems offer ways to save valuable energy and money."
Todaro offers these tips for homeowners so they can prepare their home for a cold winter:
Protect your outdoor unit - Your outdoor air conditioning unit needs a little help staying healthy throughout the winter. You may want to consider a cover for your unit not unlike the cover you use for a grill or a car. Covers can keep snow, ice and heavy rain from potentially damaging the unit. There are covers available on the market, or you can use a spare tarp you may have laying around in the garage. Be sure to clean any debris away from the unit before sealing it up.
Patch leaks around doors and windows - Check windows and exterior doors for any gaps or openings that would let cold air in or warm air to escape. Leakage like that not only may cause you to have cold spots in your home, but make your heating system run longer than necessary - costing you money on your energy bills. For a DIY approach, especially with older homes, there are several types of gap sealers, as well as insulation kits that can be used to shrink wrap windows and reduce heat loss. Naturally, having your heater tuned up by a professional for peak performance is a proven way of saving on energy bills as well. A well-sealed home is a warmer, more comfortable home when the temperatures get at or below freezing - and your family will appreciate the difference.
Reduce heat loss through the fireplace - If the home has a fireplace, it's a good idea to keep the damper closed when it is not in use to prevent heat loss. Close any doors leading into the room when a fire is burning. If you have a gas fireplace, be sure that it burns cleanly, evenly, and safely.
Use sunlight to your advantage - You can naturally heat your home by opening curtains and window coverings on south-facing windows during the day. Closing curtains at night will protect your home from losing heat through those same window openings.
Prep the plumbing - As winter approaches, you'll want to make sure that you don't have any water freeze ups - those can potentially become a big headache. To eliminate that risk, drain any water from outdoor faucets, and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler systems blown out. Drain and roll up garden hoses and store them inside, in a garage, shed, or basement, to shield them from the severest temperatures. If any pipes in the home have been prone to freezing in past winters, consider using heat tape to keep them warmer during extremely cold weather. If you do experience a burst pipe, make sure everyone in the family knows how to turn off the water at the source.
"There are many things homeowners can do for their homes to prepare for a New Jersey winter," Todaro said. "Taking these and other measures can keep your home warm, save on energy costs and help you have peace of mind this winter."
For more information to prepare your home for winter, contact Gold Medal Service at (732) 365-3199.
About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.