Winter is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to get your home ready for the colder weather and keeping the heat in. Here are a few suggestions and/or maintenance tips to keep your home safe and to help save money on heating costs this winter.
- Replace the furnace filter: a dirty filter means your furnace has to work harder. Start fresh this fall with a new one and remember to replace it every three to six months, or more often if you have pets or smoke.
- Fireplace and Chimney: Before lighting up your fireplace this year, it’s a good idea to have the fireplace and chimney inspected to make sure they’re safe. Hire a professionally certified chimney sweeper to inspect the fireplace and provide cleaning services if needed. Generally chimneys need to be cleaned if there’s a 1/4″ or more of creosote buildup inside the chimney.
- Weather Proof: Check your windows and doors for worn weatherstripping and caulking, and replace as needed to keep your warm air in anc the cold air out.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat: It turns the heat on and off automatically so you won’t waste energy if you forget to turn down the heat when you leave the house for the day.
- Smoke and CO Detectors: Replace the batteries in each smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector, then vacuum them with a soft brush attachment. Test the detectors by pressing the test button or holding a smoke source (like a blown-out candle) near the unit. If you haven’t already, install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.