Winter Home Maintenance

During winter, many homeowners are taking the necessary steps to protect the outside of their homes
from extreme weather. But, what about the inside? Ensure you remain comfortable and safe when the
temperatures drop by taking a few proactive steps and brushing up on safety measures. Then, you can
hunker down and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your home are more
prepared to brace for the coldest months of the year.

It’s important that you make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning
properly. Check to make sure they have not expired, are equipped with new batteries and placed in
critical areas home — so you can be warned of any signs of danger.
Furnaces and chimneys should be professionally inspected at least once a year. During routine spring
and fall maintenance appointments, a professional should inspect your thermostat and furnace filters.
Dirty filters may interfere with airflow, resulting in higher heating costs and more wear and tear on your

Using a programmable or smart thermostat can help you maintain a specific and consistent temperature
throughout the day. It is recommended that you set your thermostat to cooler temperatures during the
hours you’re out of the house or asleep, and warmer temperatures during the hours you’re typically at
home and awake. Even better, a smart thermostat can adjust the temperature according to the weather
or occupancy rate of the house. Investing in these small appliances can also help you save money.