Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Keeping your home functioning safely and efficiently in the winter


The winter is upon us again. Here are a few tips to keep your home functioning safely and efficiently:
KEEP THE BILL DOWN.
Installing a programmable thermostat will help regulate your usage. Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or below to save energy and money.  In the daytime keep window curtains and blinds open to let in sunlight. Sunlight helps to keep a warmer temperature in your home.  Now is also the perfect time to complete a household check to prepare for colder weather.

THE FURNACE
Have a professional check furnace to ensure the pilot light and burners are working properly. The filter should be changed regularly.
THE DETECTORS
Be sure to check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Make sure they are working properly with adequate battery life.
SPACE HEATERS
Space heaters should be away from anything flammable and be off when no one is at home. Make sure space heater is approved for indoors use, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
 FIREPLACE
Properly inspected the fireplace before starting a traditional fire or igniting gas logs. It is also wise to have you chimney check and clean by a professional.
HOME RANGE & DRYER
Remember to removing excess buildup from both of these appliances on a regular basis.

KEEP THE HEAT IN PLACE
Keep warm air in and cold air out. Pay close attention to openings around windows and doors.  Seal air leaks with weather stripping and caulking.  Also, check attic to make sure it is properly insulated.


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