Tips for Home Winterizing While on Vacation
Posted: January 24, 2022
Get Peace of Mind While You’re Away
The purpose of winterizing your home before you go out of town is twofold; first, you’ll save money on your energy bills while you aren’t at home to appreciate the heat you’re paying for, and second, you’ll prevent disasters like frozen or burst pipes, flooding, mold growth, and damaged flooring and furniture.
By taking the minimal time and effort required for winterizing your Northern NJ home, you’ll save headaches, hassles, heartaches, and expenses. Read on to learn more about which winterizing tips can really pay off. You’ll be glad you did!
Top 4 Tips for Winterizing Any Home
Some winterizing methods are specific to the type of fuel and appliances you have in your home. However, many pointers are applicable no matter what type of heating source you use. Whether you have a boiler or furnace or use heating oil, electricity, or another type of fuel, you can save big on your energy bills and protect your home and equipment by:
- Beefing up your insulation. Basements, crawl spaces, attics, and outside-facing walls and notorious for needing more insulation. From traditional insulation to pipe wraps to eco-friendly insulation, and more – there are a lot of insulation options to choose from.
- Paying attention to your faucets and spigots. Outdoor-facing spigots, such as hose hookups, should always be turned off to prevent regurgitating frozen water into your home. Indoor facets, such as those in your kitchen and bathroom, should be placed in the “on” position to allow water to drip and flow to some degree.
- Considering turning off your water and draining appliances. Even if you choose to turn the water completely off, the faucets should still be left in the on position, since flowing water requires a lower temperature to freeze. Turning the water off completely can allow water to pool, though, if water is not drained from appliances, like toilet tanks and water heaters. Some folks choose to use antifreeze in toilets, sink, and shower drains to prevent pooled water from freezing.
- Stopping heat from escaping your home. Consider repairing or replacing worn weather stripping, caulking any gaps or holes, and closing vents that are not in use. Upgrade your window coverings to keep warmth inside your home from escaping through the windows.
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Fredericks Fuel & Heating Service delivers heating oil and HVAC service in Vernon, West Milford, Sparta and communities throughout Sussex County, NJ. We offer residential and commercial customers, with prompt, professional fuel delivery and expert installation and service of heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, and more.
Contact us today for fuel delivery, heating oil payment plans and service plans, or for guidance when winterizing your home. We’re here to help!