Now is the time to winterize your home Saint Louis!


Your home is probably your most valuable asset. The better you maintain it, the more it holds its worth. Here are 3 timely tips to get you started this November:

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
  • Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
  • Remove flammable items from the area surrounding your furnace.

2) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

  • If your weather temperature will fall below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams.
  • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home.
  • Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.
  • Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

3) Get the Fireplace Ready

  • If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for more than 2 years, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.
  • Remove flammable items from the area surrounding your fireplace.

Let Ricotta Heating & Air help you get ready for the winter season with a fall furnace tune up. Give us a call to schedule that today!


About Alan V. Ricotta Sr.

Barbara Ricotta is the owner of Ricotta Heating & Air, a family run business serving the metropolitan St. Louis area for over 50 years.
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