With the first day of winter just around the corner, temperatures throughout Illinois have already started to drop, and there’s no doubt that the state will experience temperatures below freezing multiple days this winter season.
Cold temperatures are not only uncomfortable, but they can also be trying for a home or business’ infrastructure. And one of the biggest risks when temperatures really drop is that of frozen pipes. Luckily, there are a number of things that home and business owners can do to prevent pipes from freezing. Consider the following list, and contact our team at Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning for all of your heater maintenance and repair needs–
Insulation is one of the keys to reducing the risk that pipes will freeze during the winter. Insulation should be added to your attic, basement, and crawl space. You can also insulate the pipes themselves, which can both prevent pipes from freezing, and also result in energy savings as well. Insulation is especially important in drafty, unfinished areas and in older homes or businesses.
Get a Drip Going
If temperatures are likely to really drop, you shouldn’t hesitate to allow your faucet to drip. While a faucet drip certainly isn’t the best way to save water, it is a great way to prevent pipes from freezing when temperatures are really low. This may be something that you consider doing overnight, or if you plan on turning the heat down while you’re away from the home for long periods of time.
Keep Your Heater Running
Keeping your heater running is one of the best ways to prevent pipes from freezing, and one of the easiest, as keeping your heat on requires no work on your part. When temperatures are super chilly, turn your heat up a little more at night than you normally would, and do not turn the heat off when you go to work or if you’re away from the weekend. In order to keep your heater running efficiently and to ensure that it is providing consistent temperatures, you need to invest in regular heater maintenance. Failure to do so not only means energy losses, but the potential for your heater to fail to work when you need it most.
Contact Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning Today for All of Your Heating Needs
Frozen pipes are a disaster, and can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Which means that if you want to prevent frozen pipes, you need to start thinking about how right now. At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, we can handle all of your heating needs, including heater maintenance and repairs. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you stay warm this winter!