With Winter just around the corner, here are several tips to keep your home in good condition throughout the colder months.
1. Keep window blinds and curtains open by an inch.
This will help to avoid potential harmful condensation on your windows. Interior screens can also be removed to reduce the chance of condensation forming on glass surfaces. The relative humidity of your home should be kept between 40% and 50% during the heating and non-heating seasons.
2. Change your furnace filter monthly.
Remember to change or clean the filter monthly during the heating season (year-round if you also have air conditioning). A clogged filter can slow airflow and cause cold spots in your home. Although it takes less than one minute to change the filter, this is one of the most frequently overlooked details of normal furnace care. Buy filters in large quantities for the sake of convenience.
3. Remove debris from window wells and check drainage.
It is recommended to check window wells in the spring, summer, and fall. Ensure window wells are free of debris at all times, the stone level is a minimum of 3” below the window sill, and that the drain pipe cap or filter cloth is covering the top of the pipe. Ensure that water is draining away from your home and not pooling near your foundation.
4. Check that all air ducts in your home are clear of debris, furniture, etc.
This will ensure proper air flow and heating of your home.
5. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Ensure you are checking these devices regularly throughout the year.
6. Remove snow & ice from roof overhang/vents if necessary, and ensure air intakes, exhausts and meters are free of snow.
This will help to keep your home in good operating condition, particularly when using your furnace or HRV.
7. Check your water heater for leaks.
Check for pooling water around your water heater or dropping, as this may indicate a potential leak.
Additional information for Fusion Homeowners:
If you’re a Fusion Homeowner, you can access your Digital Home Owner’s manual through your Customer Portal to learn more or contact your Customer Care Coordinator for support.