As the heat of the summer becomes a distant memory, cooler days and nights begin to arrive more frequently. While your first thought might be to simply turn on your heating system in order to warm up the air in your home, you might want to put that thought on hold until you follow a few preparatory guidelines to get your home ready for the fall season.
1. Seal against Drafts
Often considered the first line of defense, winterizing your home with weather stripping and caulk helps to seal cold air outside and keep heated air inside. Taking a few moments to check for drafts around windows, doors, exhaust exits (bathrooms and kitchens), and pipe egresses is well worth the effort due to the energy savings that you will realize once you caulk and weather strip any of the leaks that you discover.
2. Replace the Air Filter on Your Furnace
A clean air filter works more efficiently than a dirty one, so you should always remember to replace yours as frequently as the manufacturer suggests.
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3. Have Your HVAC System Inspected by a Professional
An HVAC specialist inspects your system to ensure that it is working properly. At that time, you can request to have your system cleaned and given a tune-up that will help it to run more efficiently throughout the fall and winter. As a result, your air will be cleaner, and your energy bills will be lower.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Maintaining a comfortable temperature is easy to do if your thermostat is working properly. During routine maintenance, your HVAC specialist will check to make sure that your thermostat is properly calibrated. If you want to go one step further, consider having a programmable thermostat installed. You can use it to preset temperatures, a task that will allow you to heat your home comfortably while also realizing energy savings. Programmable thermostat are designed to allow you to make several settings, allowing you to lower the temperature during the nighttime when you are sleeping, raise it before you awake, lower it again while everyone is at work or school, and raise it just before you arrive home at the end of the day.
5. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you don't already have one, you should consider having a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. If you have your HVAC system inspected by a professional, he will check your system to make sure that no signs of carbon monoxide are present. Once he leaves, however, you'll need to monitor for this deadly gas yourself. Since carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless, installing a carbon monoxide detector is the best way to prevent a buildup of this noxious gas.