Winter Weather Prep 101

The Midwest winter seems to hit hard and fast every year, and many people find that they are under-prepared when that first cold day comes to kick off the season. If you’ve lived in the Midwest long enough you already know that winter prep needs to start long before the first morning frost in October. If you’re new to this or just always under-prepared this is your season of redemption!

 

 

Get your furnace checked

Don’t wait until the snow falls or your furnace quits during a -14 degree December night. Pre-Season checkups are extremely important in preventing break-downs and for the overall life of the system. Whether your system is 17-years-old or six months old, seasonal clean and checks are always a good idea.

Change your filter

It’s extremely important to make sure your furnace filter is changed regularly during heating season. If your filter is dirty it restricts the air flow and forces your system to run harder and use more energy. Mark on your calendar when the filter was last changed to keep on track. 

Seal in the heat

Don’t overlook a drafty window or door. Door draft guards (buy one here) window insulation kits (buy one here) and caulking or weather-stripping can save you in the long run on your energy bills and keep your home nice and toasty. 

 

Get a carbon monoxide (CO) detector

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas found in the fumes and burned fuel like gas ranges, furnaces, stoves, etc. According to the center for disease control*, 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning every year. One of the best things you can do to prevent CO poisoning is to install a battery-operated CO detector. Be sure to change the batteries in the detector at least twice a year and replace the detector ever five years. (Here's a few options)

 

Fireplace safety

Make sure your fireplace is clean and clear before lighting it up. If you have a chimney make sure it’s capped to keep rain and nature out. Most importantly, use a mesh or glass fireplace doors to keep embers from shooting out into the room and causing a fire. 

(if you don't have a fireplace here's a Youtube loop of one)

 

Follow these safety tips to prep you and your family for winter and you’re sure to stay cozy and safe all winter long. 

 

*Learn more about CO on the CDC website here

 

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by Russell Holmes - 6/29/2017

I had my air conditioning go out during a VERY hot day in June, 2017. I called three places (all recommended). Aspen Aire called me back right away (much appreciated) and had a technician out within 2 or 3 hours. I was amazed as it was an extremely hot day and assumed they would be really busy (and they were).

(Oh - the other two places? One never called me back and the other called me a week later with apologizes - heh!)

After installing a new fan in my condenser unit, it was determined that was not the problem. Given that the unit was 20 years old I opted to replace it as well as the 20-year old furnace. They did not try to talk me into doing that but gave me options - I decided to go with a new AC and furnace unit combination. They did tell me my AC and furnace were probably on borrowed time but, again, they did not push me to replace them.

Long story short, within a few days they had replaced the air conditioning unit and furnace with two really nice units that have long, transferable warranties.

The men were very professional, extremely clean, most polite and a pleasure to have in and around my house.

If you are need of heating and cooling services, you will never find a better company than Aspen Aire. I do not say things just to be nice. In fact I am a rather hard customer to please (truth be told!). But my experience with Aspen Aire was beyond my highest expectations.

On one hand it was unfortunate when my air went out on a 90 plus degree day. On the other hand it turned out to be a good thing since my experience with this company was so good.

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by Russell Holmes - 6/29/2017

Des Moines, Iowa

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