Home Efficiency Checklist For Spring
Posted: March 26, 2020
Spring is upon us here in Central Maine – make sure you’re prepared for the waning chilly days and the warmer days and nights ahead!
Here’s a checklist to help you get a handle on what needs to be done to keep your home comfortable and running efficiently as we transition between seasons.
Home efficiency checklist – Spring Edition
- Consider having your annual tune-up to avoid the late springtime rush.
- If you’re using your heating system, set your thermostat at 68 degrees when people are home for the best balance of comfort and energy savings; lower the temperature when no one is home, or when people are sleeping to maximize savings. Once cooling season arrives, target a thermostat setting of 78 degrees, raising temperatures when when people are home.
- When using your HVAC system, close vents in unused rooms
- Clear obstructions from vents to keep air moving
- Check your HVAC filter once a month, changing or cleaning it as necessary
- When using your HVAC equipment, keep doors closed between conditioned and unconditioned spaces; check and replace seals around interior doors to keep conditioned air from escaping
- Check door sweeps to make sure they are blocking drafts and keeping conditioned air inside your home.
- Check caulking on window frames to prevent conditioned air from escaping
- Clear window tracks so windows seal properly
- If you have a whole house generator, have it professionally serviced; run it at least once every three months to keep it in working order (increase that frequency to once a month during the cold winter months to keep parts lubricated)
- Make sure you have enough propane to last at least one week in the event of a springtime power outage (if you don’t, schedule a propane delivery).
- Test all alarms – smoke, CO, radon detectors, etc., replacing batteries if needed
Fireplace / Wood Stove
- Close the damper to prevent heat from entering through the chimney
- Schedule a chimney inspection to prevent hazards related to creosote buildup
Spring is a great time to replace your home heating system – if you’re ready to take the plunge, contact Murray-Heutz Oil and Propane to learn more about expert home heating system installations in Androscoggin County, ME, or to schedule routine maintenance for your furnace or boiler!