Now is the time to take advantage of these crisp fall days and get a few things checked off that “honey do” list in preparation for Old Man Winter.
1. Schedule a furnace inspection
Call us today and have a professional inspect your furnace. Our technicians will ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency. Wouldn’t it be great to not be the 50th customer in line for a repair call on the coldest day of the year?
2. Test home safety devices
Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
3. Check your ceiling fan
Most fans have a directional switch. Make sure your blades are turning in a clockwise direction. Energy Star says a ceiling fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).
4. Don’t forget your fireplace
You can clear out ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself, but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional. Have the chimney cleaner check the damper to ensure it can be tightly closed to prevent drafts.
5. Hit the roof
or at least pull out a pair of binoculars and give it a good look over. Check for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
6. Clean your gutters
remove leaves and other debris that may have accumulated over the season. This will prevent clogging and possible ice dams.
7. Reinforce windows and doors
Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows. Also, install weather stripping around door frames where daylight may show through.
8. Inspect Your Ductwork… BONUS TIP 🙂
Bad ductwork can lead to heating issues in the winter. If ductwork is not properly maintained and sealed, then your furnace will have to work extra hard to keep you warm in cold weather.
Are you a homeowner?Find a residential dealer near you to help get your home ready for winter.
Are you a business owner?Find a commercial service provider near you to ensure your business facilities don’t suffer from cold weather.