To prevent your home’s pipes from freezing and cracking during the winter, drain excess water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems. You should also disconnect any outdoor hoses, covering the faucets with insulators. Pipes traveling through unheated areas such as the garage, basement or attic should be insulated. To avoid ice dams, clean out gutters and keep your roof clear with a roof rake, removing the excess weight that accumulating snow can cause.
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To insulate your home’s hot water pipes, you can find neoprene and polyethylene sleeves at most home improvement stores. Use an acrylic black tape, tie wire or zip tie to secure the insulation sleeve in place around the pipe. For gas water heaters, standard insulation is flammable and should be kept at least six feet from the flue, instead using wire to secure the insulation in place.
For most people a comfortable humidity level at home is 40%. In the winter your home’s humidity level can drop by as much as 10%. This low humidity results in static electricity in the air, dry skin, scratchy throats and noses and increased susceptibility to colds and viruses.
Things to consider when choosing an HVAC company include the company’s experience and that they have the proper licensing to be doing the work, references, online reviews, and their reputation in the community.
A family in Tyngsboro was looking to replace their home’s furnace. With their existing unit still running, they were able to shop around to find a reputable and trustworthy company.