Even though we are still enjoying warm weather and winter seems far away, now is a great time to begin preparing. If you do a bit at a time before winter hits the tasks are not at all overwhelming.
So often, people wait until the last minute to take care of necessary duties. Worst yet, some people wait until snow or rain is pouring down to even begin thinking of what needs to be done.
Safety should be a top priority. Assess the quality of your indoor air. You can easily create an indoor health hazard with poor quality air. If you have excessive dust or dirt, take steps to clean it up.
Make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order. They can literally save your life. If you don’t have detectors throughout your home, you need to make that a top priority on your “honey-do” list. Better yet, don’t wait for someone else to take care of this most important task, do it yourself as soon as possible.
Have your fireplace inspected to insure it is safe to use. If your area permits you to burn during the winter, stock up on wood while the weather is pleasant.
Secure vents, fans and air conditioners. Properly cover as recommended by the manufacturer.
Remember to check both the inside and out. Make a list of any repairs as you go through the house. To help you determine where any leaks are, on the next windy day do a walk through to determine areas in need of repair.
Fix Doors and Windows
Replace or add weather-stripping where needed.
Winterize basement windows.
Replace old windows with weather efficient windows.
Have your furnace serviced before the winter rush hits. Many companies run specials before the season.
Check for mold and algae within your home furnace. You’d be amazed at what can grow during the summer months. Although mold burns off it is distributed throughout your home.
Stock up on furnace filters. It is better to have some on hand so you can easily replace throughout the winter.
Use caulking to fix any leaky areas.
Locate all you winter supplies such as walkway shovel, ice melt, gloves, hats, scarves and anything else you will need when a storm hits. If you don’t have these items buy them before a winter storm hits and stores run out. Make sure your snowplow is in good working order. A preseason equipment check up is advisable.
By being prepared you will be able to share more time with your loved ones. Besides, you will probably be able to save on your energy bills as well.
Things to look for
Do this: Ensure your thermostat's fan setting is set to AUTO, not ON. AUTO ensures that the blower will run only when the furnace heats the air. Your furnace may be blowing cold air because the filter is too dirty. ... If the pilot light isn't lit, then the furnace's burners won't light, meaning no heat.
How to Find My Furnace Motor Reset Button Turn off the power to the furnace at the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker is clearly marked. ... Lift up the blower compartment cover to access the blower wheel and blower motor. ... Look for a small red or yellow button on the side of the blower motor. ... Press the reset button down if it has popped up.
Turn off the furnace shutoff switch and turn off the thermostat before inspecting and replacing dirty filters. Inspect your air ducts: If you're getting heat in some rooms, but not all, check the air ducts and make sure the dampers that control airflow are completely open.
A furnace blower motor that stops pushing warm air out is not the same as a blower that is forcing only cold air into your home. If you have cool air but a steady airflow, your blower motor is working but your heat exchanger or burner is not. ... Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, which can cause a safety hazard.