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Week 2: The Fall Tune Up Test continues!

Based on the feedback we’ve received from our community so far, it seems as though most of you are well underway when it comes to preparing your home for the upcoming seasons. That being said, only a few of you were able to confidently answer “YES!” to each and every question in our Fall TuneUp Test Checklist. Not to worry, we kicked off this exercise early to give you ample time to prepare, and we’re off to a great start. Over the next few weeks, we will go through our checklist item by item and provide a little more info on the impacts and benefits of addressing each. Let’s start at the top!

Fall Home Tune Up Checklist

  1. Furnace Inspection Booked – Bringing in a qualified professional to conduct an annual inspection will ensure your furnace is ready to go. Simply turning your furnace on to check to see whether it is working just won’t suffice. The venting system, natural gas input, electrical components and thermostat should all be checked annually. If one or more of these things isn’t working properly, you are potentially dealing with a lack of heating or even worse…no heating whatsoever – and you don’t want that to happen in the dead of winter! Another critical aspect of an inspection is to ensure that the unit is running efficiently. Remember, energy is money and we can’t afford to give it away due to a furnace that isn’t running optimally. An inspection is a small investment but will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your furnace is safe, fully operational and ready to keep you and your family warm and comfortable over the coming months. Want more info on how energy efficient your current furnace is? Click here!
  2. Furnace Filter Changed – Cleaning or changing your furnace filter on a regular basis is the best way to ensure good indoor air quality for you and your family. There are endless arrays of contaminants which impact indoor air quality and your furnace filter is your first line of defense so be sure to keep it clean and clear of debris. Here’s a short video explaining how to clean your furnace filter.
  3. Humidifier Filter Changed and Turned On – Although all furnace-mounted humidifiers work under the same principles, there are two basic types. The humidifier may be a flow-through type, where the water flows through the humidifier and drains out; or it may be a reservoir type which uses a reservoir of water and a rotating drum to introduce the moisture necessary to increase the humidity levels. Regardless of the type, each needs to be maintained regularly and turned on once humidity levels drop below 40%. Consider not only comfort but also the health issues associated with low humidity. A common sign that your air is too dry is when your nose, throat and skin feel dry and scratchy. Insufficient moisture in the air makes the mucous membranes inside your nose and throat – your organism’s first barrier against airborne infections – dry and more susceptible to diseases like cold and flu. Dry air is also dangerous for allergy and asthma sufferers, since it can aggravate their symptoms.

Be sure to check back in next week where we go into greater detail regarding items 4 through 6 in our Fall Home Tune Up. Until then, good luck with your checklist and if there are any other items that you focus on at this time of year which we overlooked, please share them with us. We’d love to hear from you!

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