MAINTENANCE TIPS

Maintenance Tips

Spring And Summer - General Guidelines For Keeping Your Home Cool And Efficient

• Have a Service Experts professional inspect your home's ducts and cooling equipment.
• Clean or replace your AC filters every month.
• Clean your chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.
• Clean out rain gutters and storm drains.
• Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts.
• Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.
• Check your attic for proper insulation.
• Keep shades or curtains drawn on the sunny side of the house, especially during early- and mid-afternoon hours.

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Extra steps you can take to save energy:

Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day.

Replace single-pane windows with newer double-pane models, which help reflect the sun's rays and reduce energy loss.

• Apply a reflective coating to your roof. When replacing your roof, use light-colored shingles.

• Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents to create a cooler feeling and save on lighting costs.

• Install awnings or plant trees outside your home to create shade.

Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:

• When adjusting clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors.

• Consider a ventilation system to increase air circulation inside and add a healthy dose of fresh air.

• Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement.

• Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean

• Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage.

• Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.

Fall And Winter - General Guidelines For Keeping Your Home Warm And Efficient

• Have a Service Experts professional inspect your home's ducts and heating equipment.

• Set your thermostat to 20°C when you're at home and awake, and as low as 15°C when you're asleep.

• Clean or replace furnace filters every month.

• Clean your chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.

• Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.

• Insulate the inside of windows with heavy-duty clear plastic sheets.

• Check your attic for proper insulation.

• Close curtains or shades at night and keep them open during the day.

• Clean windows on the south side of your house to maximize sunlight exposure.

• Weather-strip doors that lead to cold or outside areas.

• Wrap and insulate waterlines to prevent them from freezing.

• Repair leaky faucets.

Extra Steps You Can Take To Save Energy

• Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day.

• Insulate the water tank and first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the unit.

• Lower the temperature of your water heater to 48°C (for every 10-degree decrease in temperature, you may save 3% - 5% on your energy costs).

 • Install rubber gaskets behind outlets and use switch plates on exterior walls.

• Install low-flow showerheads.

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