Winterize Your Home

Whether you love colder weather or dread it every year, winter is approaching. With it, comes harsher conditions that can wear on your home inside and out. This year is a perfect opportunity to be proactive and not let these projects slip by. The following list includes steps you can take right away to protect ready your house for winter.

Update Your Mudroom

Snow and boots can decimate your home’s cleanliness. This year, prevent the mess before it begins by updating your mudroom. Have a craftsman build you a bench with cubbies to help your family get ready and store away shoes or clutter. For further use, have them install a shelf system to organize boots, coats, mail, and all other life clutter. You can also get a drip station installed for all the water that melts from those daily snow treks. This often overlooked area, once improved, will be of great use in your home.

Check Your Water Heater

There are a lot of pieces involved in preparing your water heater for winter. First, make sure that the temperature is set to no more than 120°F. Lowering this temperature a few degrees can save you money. Then check the pressure relief valve to extend the longevity of the heater. Also, make sure to flush the system to clear out any buildup of sediments. Making sure your water heater is fully operational before heading into winter is not something you want to miss.

Install or Upgrade Your Thermostat

Modern-day thermostats have so many more features than adjusting the temperature. They are much more efficient in regulating temperatures without putting as much strain on your HVAC systems. In fact, take a look here for additional reasons why upgrading a thermostat will bring many benefits to your home.

Weatherstrip Your Doors and Doors

Indoor heating is precious during the winter. If your doors are not properly stripped for winter, your warm air and money will slip away. Windows also need to be sealed to keep the warm air inside. Get our Craftsmen to properly strip all your doors and seal your windows to keep your home cozy and your electric bills from rising.

Replace Your Furnace Filter

There are many reasons why you should replace your filter on a consistent basis. One of the most important is your family’s safety. Home fires destroy thousands of homes each year, and an unchecked filter can expose you to danger. Make sure you or a Craftsman take care of replacing your filters. For other ways to prevent home fires, check out our blog here.

For many, winter is about celebrating holidays and an opportunity to spend time with family. Get these tasks done in advance so they don’t infringe on your time. You can also give our Craftsmen a call to get their expertise on what your home needs for this season. Once they have worked their magic, you can simply appreciate your home.

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Importance of Upgrading Your Thermostat

Woman adjusting temperature on a programmable thermostat

New features in technology create so much ease and efficiency in our lives, and your home is no exception. Especially with winter and holidays coming up, ease and efficiency are always welcome. This is why upgrading your thermostat to a smart one will bring so many great benefits to your home.

Safer for You and The Environment

Many traditional thermostats have a needle to give us the temperature. What you may not know is that the needle is adjusted by mercury, a dangerous substance that can lead to many health issues. A smart thermostat doesn’t use mercury and is all around eco-friendlier, making them the best solution.

Easier to Use

We have all struggled to try to read the needle, questioning its credibility and then surgically adjusting the setting to where we want it. Newer thermostats use dials, screens, or even phone apps. At night, this becomes especially useful as they have lights to help you see or to avoid fumbling in the dark while you adjust from your app.

Saves You Money

Additionally, smart thermostats are more efficient in many ways. They can learn and adjust the temperature much more efficiently than traditional thermostats. This puts less strain on your HVAC system, extending its life. This also means less energy is being used, saving you money on your electrical bill. They also feature zoning capabilities that can adjust to different areas of your home. Also, with connectivity to your phone, you can turn the thermostat off remotely when you are out of town, or even when you are away for a bit and forgot to do it before leaving the house.

These great features are easily available to you, so there is no reason to be subjected to a traditional thermostat. This is just one of the things our Craftsman can take care of for you to get your home prepared this winter. For more ideas on what to do to prepare your home for the colder season, take a look here. Then give your local Ace Handyman Services a call and we will take care of the rest.

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Home Fire Prevention and What You Need to Know

Fire: It’s a horrible thought. But what would be worse, is not being prepared for it. Most people think having extinguishers and smoke detectors is enough, but it’s equally important where they are located and how they are mounted when building a fire prevention plan. At Ace Handyman Services, we can help you keep your family safe by making certain your current preventive tools are fully operational and helping you think through what you might be missing.

It’s interesting to know the history of fire prevention week-which always occurs the week of October 9th is rooted in a significant event that changed how Americans started thinking about prevention.

History of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Taking preventative cautions with the right tools is one of the best ways to protect your home. Carbon monoxide and fire detectors are necessary for this. Place these on every level of your home, in every bedroom and right outside sleeping areas, including your basement. You must make sure these devices have functioning batteries. Testing your alarms monthly is highly recommended. These detectors also have a limited lifespan of 5 to 7 years, so make sure they are replaced when needed. Our Craftsman will get these properly installed for you to give your family peace of mind.

Fire Extinguishers

After your detectors are installed, a fire extinguisher is a next step in protecting your home. Extinguishers use a rating system to give you insight into how effective they are, for example, 5:B-C. The higher the number, the more powerful it is. The letters reflect the type of fire. A means fires that can be put out by water, B are fires from flammable liquids like grease, and C fires stem from electrical equipment. Getting a multi-purpose extinguisher that can range up to 40:B-C is highly recommended by experts. Once purchased, have a Craftsman install one in an easy to reach area for when emergencies arise. Make sure to do it soon before your turkey fryer makes its annual appearance this Thanksgiving.

Areas to Clean

Thousands of homes are destroyed due to a failure to clean out dryer vents and furnace filters. Lint filters need to be cleaned before and after every load of laundry and brushed every 6 months with a nylon brush. The vent pipe should be cleared out every 3 months as well. Furnace filters should also be replaced because after filtering out dust and other particles if it isn’t replaced, the furnace can overheat and start a fire. This should be done every 90 days, but if you have pets then every 60 days. In the midst of a busy schedule, it is easy to overlook these vital areas. If you need to, call a Craftsman to take the time and get it done for you.

Taking these precautions can be the difference in saving lives. We know your family’s safety is a serious matter. Reach out and one of our Craftsman will take the time to give you peace of mind.

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