Winter Preparation Checklist

With the winter months approaching it’s important to ensure that all your seasonal maintenance is taken care of before it’s too late! Here are a few tips for your winter preparation:

Your Monthly Maintenance Checklist

• Schedule any outdoor projects you want completed before cold temperatures

• Disconnect your yard hoses from faucets before temperatures start to freeze

• Reverse ceiling fans

• Check your attic for adequate insulation depth (minimum 6 inches)

• Adjust the timers on your yard lights for earlier dusk

• Consider changing exterior lighting if necessary

• Change your smoke detector batteries

If you’re in need of furnace maintenance, contact the professionals at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! We gladly accept appointments over the phone as well as online. Contact us today!

Why Should I Unhook My Hose During Winter?

When the colder months approach, it’s important to perform winterizing maintenance around the exterior of your home in order to avoid any cold weather mishaps. We’re asked often about the importance of unhooking your outside hose during the colder months–why is it important, anyway?

It’s a pretty simple answer, really! When you’re finished running your hose and turn the knob (spigot) off there’s still water trapped in a good portion of the long hose. There’s also water at the base of the spigot in anticipation of the next use. During the colder temperatures, this water can freeze, causing the water in the pipes to crack.

The crack usually occurs behind where the washer is, which is on the inside of the house. Once you turn on the hose, the water proceeds to where the crack is (on the inside of your home), pouring water into the house. By removing the hoses, there is no water that is able to enter into the pipes.

If you’ve yet to schedule your semi-annual maintenance appointment, contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! Our top-knotch technicians are the best in the business!