NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you haven’t winterized your home now is a good time to do it while the weather is mild.
Start with checking your furnace. A clean filter helps it run more efficiently.
“Then you want to make sure your vents outside, any kind of obstructions leaves from the fall are cleaned up as well,” said Shane Jackson with Air Inc.
Also give the heater a tune up.
“If your system isn’t functioning. If it is remaining very cold in the house. If it’s not running at all or it doesn’t seem like it’s meeting the temperature at the thermostat. If your system is 12-15 years or older and you’ve had problems in the past it’s time to have someone come out there,” he said.
Don’t force a furnace to work beyond its capability.
“When things are colder outside usually the system is running harder that is the situation where you might have no heat overnight or longer,” Jackson said.
If you haven’t had your chimney cleaned in a while hire a chimney sweep. Christine Fisher says leave enough clearance in front of the fire place.
“With the sparks from wood it can come out through the fireplace and catch fire to anything combustible,” Fisher told News 8.
Experts recommend programmable thermostats it’s a cost effective way to upgrade your system. You can control your thermostat when you’re not home.
“Most people have a old mercury thermostat which is an old round thermostat on the wall which you jog to get to the temperature that you want those are very inundate those can be three or more degrees off.” said Jackson.
Experts say take advantage of audit programs with utility companies where the professionals seal up cracks and gaps along the foundation.