Fall is fast approaching and we here at Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC want to help people in our local Littleton, MA community by providing some handy tips for the upcoming season. If you have any questions about any of our tips feel free to reach out to us with any questions!
Change your furnace filter. Changing the filter regularly increases operating efficiency, reduces the chance of a breakdown and improves air quality in the home. If you have questions, please ask your technician while he performs your fall tune-up.
Consider a programmable thermostat. It automatically increases or decreases temperatures during day and night to suit a family’s lifestyle and reduces energy costs.
Have your fireplace checked. A professional check is essential once a year. Burn only well-seasoned hardwoods in your fireplace.
Fall is a good time to start thinking about your heating system before the surprise of a cold weather “no heat” emergency is knocking at your door. Consider having your heating system inspected and serviced by a qualified trained technician. Regular maintenance and care can save you from a larger expense later should a problem arise.
Open the shades and curtains. This helps produce radiant heat of the sun. Close them at night to keep out the cold.
Remove garden hoses from outside faucets. Frozen hoses can cause pipes to burst. If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets, close them and drain water from outside lines.
Inspect and clean sump pump and pit. Pumps exposed to debris can clog the pump, preventing the pump from operating.
Check weather stripping and caulking. Eliminating drafts can significantly improve efficiency and comfort.
Install ceiling fans with reversible motors. Save energy in the winter by having ceiling fans push warm air that collects at the ceiling level back down into the room.
Have winter supplies readily available. Make sure you have salt, snow shovels and curved blades (to protect your back) and other supplies on hand. Check the batteries in your flashlights.
Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed. They should not be blocked by furniture, carpeting, drapes, etc. Be sure that everything is ventilating correctly for the most efficient use of your HVAC system.
Have your sprinkler system blown out and shut down. A professional with an air compressor can handle the job. You want to make sure there is no water in the lines. Also, turn off the water feeding the sprinkler system from the house (usually a valve in the basement or crawl space), and make sure to drain that water line (typically there is a valve near the shut-off valve that will do the trick).
Clear leaves and debris from outside downspouts. This ensures easy drainage when water freezes and thaws throughout the winter season. Cleaning gutters can prevent serious water damage due to ice backup on the roof.
Test your CO monitor to make sure it is working properly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to test whether the circuitry is operating correctly. Also, monitors have a recommended replacement age, which can be obtained from the product literature or from the manufacturer. We recommend replacing them every 5 years.