Fall is here officially in 2 days! Here are some great Fall Maintenance Tips:

General guidelines for keeping your home’s warmth and efficiency:

  • Have New Berlin professionally inspect your home’s duct and cooling equipment.
  • Set your thermostat to 68°F when you’re at home and awake, and as low as 60°F when you’re asleep or awake.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filters every month.
  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working correctly.
  • Seal any air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and especially around windows and doors.
  • Insulate windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic.  Kits are available at most hardware stores.
  • Check your attic for proper insulation.  Remember than insulation should never be compressed for optimal value.
  • Close shades and curtains at night and keep them open during the daytime
  • Clean windows on the south side of your house to maximize sunlight exposure.
  • Add weather-stripping to doors that lead to the exterior or to cold
  • Wrap and insulate waterlines to prevent them from freezing.
  • Repair leaky faucets.

Extra steps you can take to save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat which will allow you to set different temperatures throughout the day and night.
  • Insulate the water tank and first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the unit.
  • Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120°F (for every 10-degree decrease in temperature,
  • you may save 3% – 5% on your energy costs).
  • Install rubber gaskets behind outlets and use switch plates on exterior walls.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.

Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:

  • When adjusting clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Consider a ventilation system such as an exchanger to increase air circulation inside your home, and add a healthy dose of fresh air.
  • Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement.
  • Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean
  • Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage.
  • Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.

If you’re interested in our Maintenance Plan, please give us a call today! (262) 784-8889 or visit us online at newberlinheating.com