Year after year there is always so much to do to get ready for the winter that we often forget or skip preventative maintenance and focus on items that need to be fixed.
What we forget is that preventive maintenance over the long run can save you thousands and ensure you and your family are safe. Below are some of our best preventative maintenance items that you should take care of before winter hits.
If you are getting ready for the winter then it is mostly that your furnace has not been ran in over 3-6 months at your house. During that time a lot of dust, particles, and even water could have built up inside your furnace.
According to the AARP, yearly maintenance on your furnace before you fire it up for the first time during the winter season prevents fires, saves on expensive cleanups, and keeps your furnace running 5-10 years longer than those not serviced.
The average new furnace installed costs an average of $2,500, so calling a professional for yearly maintenance to the tune of $150 bucks is a no brainer. A maintenance call almost always includes new filters as well which will save you money over the winter on your energy bills.
Bottom Line- Spend $150 dollars on preventative care to stay safe and save $2,500 repair bill + savings on your energy bill.
Keeping in line with the heating and furnace theme, you need to give your ductwork some TLC too. The AARP estimates that faulting ductwork leads to 20% of your furnaces hot air to be wasted. Make sure all your ductwork is properly sealed at connections and pay to have it cleaned and repaired if needed.
Even more worrisome is if your ductwork is blocked or full of dust and ignitable particles which could cause you could have a very scary situation with your furnace. If your systems burners get dirty they will not burn properly. When the burners are not working properly gas can build up inside your furnace and when your burners finally do ignite cause a mini, and in some cases large, explosion.
Bottom Line- Cleaning, Repairing, and Maintaining your ductwork will save you money on your energy bills and keep you and your family safe from dust build-up in your heating system.
Fireplaces and Chimneys
A place you often forget to give some attention to before the winter starts is your fireplace and chimney. Having your chimney professional inspected and repaired every 2-3 years if you use your fireplace regularly will save you on electrical bills and keep you safe.
If your fireplace is not properly cleaned before the first time you use it, the smoke and CO2 could be blocked from leaving the chimney and leak back into your house. Cracks and foundation issues not only are safety concerns but also lead to leaks and drafts into the house.
For those of you who rarely use your fireplace, it is recommended that you put a chimney stopper up your chimney to prevent drafts and cold air from coming in your home. These draft stoppers are a typically a balloon that you inflate once you have it up the chimney to block cold airflow.
Bottom Line- Preventative and Yearly Inspections will keep you safe from fire damage, smoke damage, and CO2 poisoning while saving you on your energy bills.
These steps will help you avoid some major repair costs while keeping your family safe. While they seem like no brainers and easy-to-do, they often go forgotten or are skipped. These parts of your house need your attention and are a smart investment when it comes to preventive care.