Summer is winding down and fall and winter are right around the corner bringing in rainy and cool weather followed closely by cold and snow. With that in mind, here are five things you can check around your home to make sure you are ready for the changing of the seasons.
1. Check Your Furnace Filter
This is a quick, inexpensive fix that can make a noticeable difference in your utility bill and the lifespan of your furnace. The air going into your furnace and coming back out passes through the filter. A filter that’s clogged with dirt slows down that airflow and can cause pressure and heat build up within your furnace.
At the least, a dirty filter will lessen the efficiency of your furnace. It also means that your furnace is spewing dust and allergy-laden air throughout your home!
Pick a specific day of the month and change your filter every month on that day. Yes, it’s that important!
2. Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up
Get off to a warm winter’s start with a furnace that’s running at peak efficiency. During a furnace tune-up, a technician will check the electrical connections, calibrate the thermostat, check for carbon monoxide leaks, and make sure your furnace is operating properly. An annual tune-up can reduce your utility bill and the chance of your furnace quitting just when you need it most!
3. Check Your Sump Pump Before the Fall Rains
A sump pumps tends to be one of those things we don’t think about until we need it. Unfortunately, the first indication that your sump pump isn’t working properly might be a flooded basement! Checking your sump pump before the big rains can save ruined belongings and a big cleanup later.
4. Check the Weatherstripping Around Your Windows and Doors
Checking the weatherstripping and replacing it if needed is another quick, inexpensive fix that can dramatically reduce your heating bill this winter. It will save on your air conditioning bill next summer, too.
5. Make Sure You Have Enough Insulation for Winter
According to the Energy Star website, “… if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home’s envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year!” Don’t heat the great outdoors! Instead, make sure your home has the proper amount of insulation.
These tips show you where and how to check your home for the right amount of insulation. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), adding adequate insulation can save you up to 30% off your heating and cooling costs.
Check these 5 areas this fall and enjoy a warm, cozy home this winter!