Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter

Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter

These tips courtesty of Lennox.

General guidelines for keeping your home warm and efficient:

  • Have a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home’s ducts and cooling equipment.
  • Set your thermostat to 68°F when you’re at home and awake, and as low as 60°F when you’re asleep or awake.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters every month.
  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.
  • Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.
  • Insulate inside of windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic sheets.
  • Check your attic for proper insulation.
  • Close curtains or shades at night and keep them open during the day
  • Clean windows on the south side of your house to maximize sunlight exposure.
  • Weather-strip doors that lead to cold or outside areas.
  • Wrap and insulate waterlines to prevent them from freezing.
  • Repair leaky faucets.

Extra steps you can take to save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day.
  • Insulate the water tank and first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the unit.
  • Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120°F (for every 10-degree decrease in temperature, you may save 3% – 5% on your energy costs).
  • Install rubber gaskets behind outlets and use switch plates on exterior walls.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.
  • Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:
  • When adjusting clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Consider a ventilation system to increase air circulation inside and add a healthy dose of fresh air.
  • Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement.
    Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean
  • Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage.
  • Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.

If you have any further questions or would like to book a fall cleaning and servicing please give us a call at 1-800-565-5513 or 519-323-2000. Interested in a new energy efficient heating, cooling and air quality system – give our Salesman Mike Johnson a call he would be happy to meet you at your home for a free no-obligation quote!

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