10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Fall is coming – time to prepare your Maryland home for the cool weather and heating bills to come.

Here are 10 things you can do to prepare your home for the cooler weather, and save a few bucks along the way.

1. Weatherize to minimize air leaks

As much as 20 percent of the heat from your home escapes through air leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets, light switches and lighting fixtures. A small investment (as little as $20) in weather sealing and caulking can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the fall and winter.

2. Clean your chimney and get vent systems checked

Check for damage, rust, and proper connections.

3. Remove window air conditioners for the winter

(or better yet permanently – ductless systems are a much better value)

If window units must stay in place, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.

4. Sign up for a Service Plan for your home comfort systems

Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your equipment running at its best and avoid costly repairs. If you’re tempted to skip it, don’t – not even if you have a new system.

5. Consider replacing your older furnace or boiler

Investing in a new, high-efficiency furnace or boiler can save you 30 percent or more on your monthly heating bill. The unit will likely pay for itself in as little as three years.

6. Evaluate your insulation situation

Upgrading the insulation in your exterior walls, crawlspaces, basement and attic is one of the best bang-for-the-buck energy-saving moves you can make in your house.

7. Clear furniture or drapes away from vents, and vacuum warm air registers and the cold air returns

Clearing blockage increases air flow, allowing your furnace to run more efficiently; vacuuming pet hair and dust from registers improves air quality in your home.

8. Sign up for Automatic Delivery

Let Carroll worry about making sure you have enough heating oil and propane. FREE Automatic Delivery helps you avoid mandatory charges for fuel run-outs, too.

9. Insulate your water heater

If you touch your water heater and it’s warm or hot, some of the energy it’s using to heat water is being wasted. Avoid this by wrapping the heater in an insulating blanket (just make sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions). If you’re thinking about replacing your water heater, consider a tankless model to save even more money every month.

10. Reset your water heater thermostat

If you never run out of hot water, you’re probably setting your hot water thermostat too high. Try setting your thermostat between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit (many manufacturers set their default higher than that, which isn’t necessary.

Contact Carroll today and get your Fall underway with Service Plans, fuel delivery and more!

For everything you need in home heating, trust the pros at Carroll Home Services – keeping Maryland homes warm for more than a century! Contact us to get started today!