Week 4: The Fall Tune-up Test concludes!

This is it: the last week of the Reliance Fall Home Tune-Up!

Can I assume that you’ve all been busy? Hopefully after this week each of you can answer every one of our original Tune-Up Test 10 questions with a resounding “YES!”. Not to put too much pressure on, but as you know…winter is fast approaching, so it’s best to get things completed and put your mind at ease before it’s too late. In this week’s follow-up, we’re going back inside the home to provide a little more info and advice to help you through items 8, 9 and 10 on our checklist.

8: Insulating Water Pipes

  • Preparing and insulating your plumbing pipes is a quick and easy task that any homeowner can tackle – you don’t need to be a DIY expert, believe me. Many people neglect the importance of insulation and overlook that it not only helps protect pipes from freezing in winter, but it also helps reduce condensation on cold water pipes in the summer. Hot water pipes also benefit from insulation year round as loss of heat is dramatically reduced. The bottom line here is that this quick task will reduce the risk of damage, and better yet, save you money along the way. Click here for a short video walking you through the process, step-by-step.

9: Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors

  • Carbon monoxide is a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is produced by every household appliance that runs on fossil fuels, such as wood, gas, oil or coal. Because you cannot see, smell or taste this deadly gas, poisoning can happen to anyone, any time, anywhere. Everyone is at risk, especially pregnant women, children, the elderly and people with heart and lung problems. If your home is not well ventilated, the levels of carbon monoxide in the air can quickly rise to dangerous levels which is why carbon monoxide detectors are so important. Click here for a short video that will give you more info about carbon monoxide and how to protect your family from exposure.
  • When it comes to protecting your family from the dangers of smoke and fire, nothing provides more protection or peace of mind than smoke detectors. And in the province of Ontario, having smoke detectors is not an option: it’s the law. Fire is the greatest concern when it comes to home safety so take the time this fall to ensure that you replace the batteries in each smoke detector and test them regularly to ensure that they are in working order. Better safe than sorry! Click here for a short video to provide you with more information about fire safety.

10: Programmable Thermostat

  • If you haven’t invested in a programmable thermostat yet, you are sacrificing not only your comfort level in the home but you are also throwing money away. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperature settings to maximize your energy dollar and prevent waste. In our home, we have been able to reduce our heating and cooling costs by more than 15% and as any home owner will tell you….that equates to hundreds of dollars in savings each year. Programmable thermostats are inexpensive, easy to install and will go a long way in helping you save money as well as reducing your carbon footprint year round. Take this opportunity to install one (if you haven’t already) in order to prepare for what is sure to be a long, cold winter! It’s a very wise investment! Click here to check out our quick How To video for more info on programmable thermostats.

And that wraps up our Fall Home Tune Up! We’ve highlighted 10 key tasks that are sure to reduce your energy costs, protect your home from damage and most importantly, keep your family safe and comfortable this winter. If you’ve completed this list, CONGRATULATIONS! You certainly get a passing grade. If you haven’t, time is running out….so get back to work and put the finishing touches on your checklist! Any other tips that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear what other steps you’ve taken to prepare your home for the season!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie W October 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I don’t have the Programmable Thermostat. I use self control…lol

Rich Massingham October 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

Self control and a few extra layers works too! That said, the set and forget approach of a programmable thermostat ensures that you aren’t sacrificing comfort in the process. Thanks for sharing.

Dolores Kulpa February 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I don’t even know how I got here, but I thought this post was good. Cheers!

Green Tea February 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Very informative post. Thank You for taking the time to share it with us.

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