Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter
General guide for keeping your home warm and efficient:
Set your thermostat to 68°F when you’re at home and awake, and as low as 60°F when you’re asleep or awake.
Clean or replace furnace filters every month.
Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.
Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.
Insulate inside of windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic sheets.
Check your attic for proper insulation. (The U.S. Department of Energy suggests a value between R-22 and R-49.)
Weather-strip doors that lead to cold or outside areas.
Wrap and insulate waterlines to prevent them from freezing.
Extra steps you can take to save energy:
Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day.
Insulate the water tank and first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the unit.
Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120°F (for every 10-degree decrease in temperature,
you may save 3% – 5% on your energy costs).