Heating System Checklist

If you are concerned about your electric bill this winter, here is a DIY checklist that will allow you to save and better control your electrical/gas usage.

  • When the house is occupied, the recommend temperature setting during the winter is 68°F.  If the house in unoccupied see our blog What Should I Set My Thermostat To When I’m On Vacation to see what you should set your thermostat to.
  • Leave the registers open and do not block registers with furniture (air flow is important).  Any time a register is blocked, even if you don’t want air going into that room, it creates a strain on the heating or cooling system.
  • Check the furnace filter every 30-60 days.  Fun tip: You can have us send email reminders to check your filter if you don’t think you’ll remember.
  • Use the bathroom and kitchen vents only when moisture, heat, and odors become a problem.
  • Close drapes at night and on cloudy days.
  • If you have natural gas of propane appliances make sure your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are in proper working condition.
  • Insulate hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas.

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