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 of my 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.