Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall & Winter

 

General guidelines for keeping your home cool 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. (The U.S. Department of Energy suggests a value between  R-22 and R-49.) 
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Let us help you get your home ready! Contact us today