How to Prepare your Furnace and Home for Winter
Tips for a Safe and Efficient Furnace
Have your furnace inspected annually by a licensed contractor. A professional inspection ensures efficient operation and altitude adjustment.
Check furnace filter every month and change if necessary. Changing the filter is quick and easy and saves money.
Give your furnace some space. It will perform best when it has room to breathe.
Don't store flammable materials near your furnace. Store paints, chemicals and solvents away from natural gas appliances.
Tips to Get your Home Cold Weather-Ready
Install a smart thermostat. It adapts to your schedule. Thermwise® offers rebates for qualifying models.
Move furniture, drapes and anything obstructing air ducts and cold-air returns. Blocked vents reduce air flow and stress your furnace.
Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees.
Seal air leaks and ducts. Seal holes from pipes and wires entering the home. Ducts can be sealed using foil-backed tape or silicon caulking.
Lower water heater to 120-125 degrees.
Insulate water pipes. Insulate the first 3-6 feet of water pipes near a water heater.