Winter Hints Tips Reminders

Winter is in full swing, and if you didn’t take the time to prepare, now is the time to tackle all those home maintenance items. Many of these winter hints are easy things that you can do yourself. Still, your furnace or any other primary heating or cooling unit and your sprinklers need to be cared for by a trained professional. But don’t worry, we are here to help! Give us here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Air & Electric for help today! And, for additional information on our services and available times, please give us a call anytime! We work 7 days a week with no overtime charges!

Schedule Your Annual Furnace Service Maintenance

Taking care of these items is vital to keeping your furnace running stable all winter. By scheduling these tasks before the cold weather arrives, you are making sure your home is ready for the cold winter months ahead. Once the freeze hits, everyone else will be scrambling to stay warm while you are friendly and toasty inside your home. Call us to get this scheduled early so you can have the peace of mind of a carefree winter.

Okay, we’re aware that winter is in full swing. However, we highly recommend you take care of your furnace maintenance in the fall, before the season begins. But, even if you didn’t get yours done last fall, it’s never truly too late to tackle these winter hints, tips, and reminders. Contact us to schedule a make-up maintenance today!

Remove Any Flammable Or Dangerous Items Around The Furnace

Many people use their furnace area for storage during the summer, but this can be extremely dangerous. Ensure the area around your furnace is clear from any items or debris to keep you and your family safe all through the winter.

Change The Air Filter

Air filters need to be changed at least every three months to ensure your system is functioning accurately and efficiently. This is especially important before heavy use times of the year. A dirty filter kills a unit’s efficiency and ends up costing you more money to operate.  A clean filter not only keeps dirt and dust particles out of the air but also makes your system run more efficiently. If you do not know how to change your air filter, give us a call, and we will be happy to come out and take care of it for you.

Schedule Evaporative Cooler (Swamp Cooler) Winterization Service (If You Have One)

Evaporative coolers are an excellent and eco-friendly way to cool your house with a smaller environmental impact. However, some annual services must be performed to keep your unit functioning properly. Winterizing your unit is a must and can often be dangerous due to the cooler’s location (usually on the roof) and is best performed by a trained professional. The qualified professional technician will ensure the process is done correctly, preventing any potential freeze damage and ensuring your unit a long life. Give us a call to get your winterization scheduled!

Program Your Thermostat

Not many people realize this is one of the simplest things you can do to make your home more efficient and save you money! Set your thermostat only to run while you are home, and try not to set it above 68-70 degrees. states that turning your thermostat lower by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours a day will help you see an energy usage reduction of 5 to 15 percent on your per year bill.

Schedule Sprinkler Winterization

The cooler weather’s arrival also means it’s time to put up the lawnmower and get the exterior of your home ready for the frozen months head. #1 on this winter hints list should be to winterize your sprinkler system. Any water left in the pipes will freeze, expand, and then crack your order costing potentially thousands to repair. Call us to get yours scheduled today before the next freeze!

Undo Your Hoses & Protect Your Exterior Faucets

Disconnecting and covering your exterior faucets is a crucial step to protecting your home during winter. Make sure to disconnect all hoses and ideally install a faucet cover fully. Also, make sure to drain the water from the hoses once disconnected to lengthen the life of your hoses.

Check Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working correctly. Be sure they are installed correctly and in the correct locations in your home. There should be one outside of every bedroom at a minimum to ensure you and your family is safe. If you are concerned about the location of your current ones or need to add a few more, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

Contact Us Today!

Want to lose the stress of having to worry about these winter hints every year? Ask about our Home Care Club, where your yearly services are all combined into one low price, plus you are eligible for additional discounts on any other needed work performed. Call Brothers Plumbing Heating and Electric today!