Fall is here, and Daylight Saving Time will be ending very shortly – November 3rd at 2 a.m., to be precise! We’re sure that you’ve probably taken the time to decorate your home for the season and have probably made the proper changes in your wardrobe as well, but is your house ready for the season?
When the time comes to “fall back” and turn your clocks back one whole hour, there are a few things you will need to do to make sure your home is running at its top efficiency. Read on below to see the 5 things you need to do this fall to prepare yourself for the fall and winter seasons!
Change the Filter – The top reason that heating and cooling systems in homes fail is due to an unchanged filter. Some experts believe that filters should be changed once a month, but you’re probably better off inspecting it each month and switching it out every three months, that is, once every season.
Why should you do this? Not only will you help ensure that your system will run smoothly for the upcoming seasons, but you will also improve the air quality in your home, reduce the energy your furnace uses, and could even save a little extra money on your electric bill!
Take Care of Your Thermostat – During the fall season, be sure to clean your thermostat’s heat sensor, contacts, and contact points. Doing so will ensure that it’s running at its optimum efficiency. You can also try to save some money on your energy bill by keeping your thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees during the day and a few degrees lower at night. If that’s too cold for you, you can always get into the fall spirit and cuddle up with your favorite blankets and sip some hot chocolate!
Check Your Smoke Detectors – When the clocks fall back on November 3rd, it’s a prudent idea to check your smoke detectors and switch out the batteries. If your detectors are 10 years or older, replace them and be sure to check that your fire extinguisher is still where it needs to be and functions properly.
Invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector – You should already have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home, but if you don’t now is the time to invest in one! Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas and cannot be detected without a detector in the home. If you do purchase one, make sure to put it on the ceiling or above the doorframe of the room you spend most of your time in.
Turn Your Attention to Your Furnace – If you haven’t turned on your furnace at all this season, do so NOW to make sure that it’s working before the coldest weather descends. You should smell a strong, odd odor for a short time, but if it lasts for a long time, shut it down and call us right away. Remember to get your furnace cleaned and tuned annually and to change out the filters monthly to keep your furnace running smoothly and the air you breathe clean!
Before the colder temperatures sink in and stay until springtime, feel free to come in to our office to look over your home insurance policy with us. We can go over your policy and let you know if it needs to be updated in any manner to give you optimal protection! Stop in anytime, call us at 1-800-766-MMIC, or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com for more information!