Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Winter Checklist: Button Up Your Home With These Energy-Saving Tips!

Energy Tips to Help During The Winter Time
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The Furnace
•Move materials away from the furnace, especially flammable materials.
•Check your pilot light. If it isn’t burning, follow the instructions for relighting which are typically printed on access doors. You can also find information on the manufacturer’s website—that’s where you should go to learn about maintenance requirements for your equipment. If you have difficulty, call a qualified heating contractor for advice.
 •Vacuum out any dust or debris in and around the unit, especially the blower. Replace the filter if needed.
 •We recommend that you have your furnace professionally inspected each year by a qualified professional. These are some things they might do: ◦Lubricate the blower motor with a non-detergent motor oil. ◦Remove the flame shield and check the burner for corrosion. ◦Check the flue for gaps or dents and make sure it is venting properly to the outdoors. Around the House
•Set your programmable thermostat for winter! Click here to see recommended settings from

 •Create a clear area around the heat registers by moving furniture, rugs, drapes, etc. Vacuum out dust in registers.
 •Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Be sure to keep extra batteries on hand.
•Check that your fire extinguisher is fully charged; replace if needed.
•Check windows and doors for drafts, and install weather stripping where it’s needed. A qualified contractor can also help you test for leaks and seal them, and can also add insulation to your attic and walls if needed.
•Check your fireplace for soot or creosote build-up. Schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep if needed. Outside the House
•Shut off valves to outdoor faucets. Open spigots and drain and store hoses.
•Make sure furnace intakes and outputs are clear (nothing is crowding them) and keep snow away from them.
 •Take advantage of the sun’s warmth; trim back bushes and trees around your windows.

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