Tips For Winterizing Your Knoxville Home

Knoxville enjoys a change of four seasons. It’s one of the many great things about living in Knoxville. Residents get a spring, summer, fall, and winter, but the good news is that the cold weather doesn’t tend to last long.

It’s important that you take care of properly winterizing your Knoxville home. While the cold weather may be brief, temperatures will dip below freezing and there’s always a chance of a few snow days.

Here are a few tips for winterizing your Knoxville home.

Schedule HVAC Tune-Up

Heating units have a tendency to go out at the worst time. It’s always on the coldest day of the year or the weekend that you have a house full of family. This is why it’s generally wise to have your HVAC system serviced prior to the weather getting cold.

A quick tune-up prior to winter hitting can make sure that your HVAC unit is in working order.  It can also help extend the life of your HVAC system.

Change Vent Filters

Clean vent filters can allow warm air to flow more easily. This is why it’s recommended that you change your air filter regularly.  Recommendations on how often you change your air vent filters can vary by property type. Here are the general recommendations:

  • Single occupant homes with no pets – every 6 months
  • Typical home with no pets – every 90 days
  • Homes with cats or dogs – every 60 days

Clean air filters can help make it easier for your HVAC to function.

Have Irrigation Blown Out

If you’ve  got a sprinkler system, you’ll want to make sure that you get your irrigation system blown out. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of having your irrigation system freeze and break.

There are many companies that do this prior to winter coming. If you’re unsure of how to do this yourself, be sure that you hire a professional, as it’s not easy to do without knowledge of the process.

Leave Faucets Dripping On Freezing Days

Water expands when it freezes. This is why pipe freezing is a big concern during the winter months, especially in Tennessee where the water pipes aren’t buried as far below the surface as they are in other places.

When the weather is below freezing, don’t forget to let your faucets drip to prevent your pipes from freezing. Just that little bit of water movement can help prevent pipes from freezing and possibly bursting.

In addition, it’s also recommended that you open up cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate and help keep pipes warm.

What’s on your yearly checklist for winterizing your Knoxville home?