This says it all. Quite frankly all this stuff keeps you cool in the summer as well.
Easy Home Winterizing Checklist
By Bob Formisano, About.com Guide
In the fall is when you want to get ready for the winter cold. The worst thing in the world is trying to put your storm windows in when its 20 degrees outside. Or worse, not having your sprinkler system purged before the freezing weather comes.I’m going to give you a fairly easy checklist of things to do for the various systems of your home. From plumbing to roof, we’ll walk through each system and hit the major things to make sure you do before winter so you can enjoy the snow and not worry about your home.
OK, lets start with the basics of making sure you have heat when you need it. The time to check that is in the Fall, no later than the end of October. Give your system a test run through and make sure all systems are “GO“.
Heating System Checklist
- Test Run:
Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees just for testing. You should hear the furnace turn on and warm air should blow within a few minutes. If it’s running OK, turn the thermostat back to its normal setting. If it’s not running properly, you can try to diagnose it as outlined in Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace. Depending on what’s wrong, you can fix it yourself or you may need a qualified service technician.
- Seasonal Maintenance:
Either have the furnace checked by a service technician or do it yourself as outlined in Seasonal Furnace Maintenance.
- Replace the Air Filter:
Put in a new clean air filter. It’s easy, just follow the steps in Furnace Filter Replacement
If you have a propane or oil furnace, make sure to have your fuel storage tank topped off and ready to go.
- Heating Vents:
Clear obstacles to heating vents so air can freely flow.
- Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks:
This silent killer can easily be detected with either an inexpensive test badge or battery operated alarm. Whichever way you decide, just please decide to protect your family with one of these units.
See Testing for Carbon Monoxide for more information.
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