Fall is here

Fall is officially here and the weather is cooling off slightly.  Soon temperatures will drop below freezing at night, with freezing temperatures during the day to follow.  Now is typically the time of year when you start to winterize your home for the upcoming winter.  Winterizing your home can save you money by making it more weather efficient and by saving you from costly repairs or homeowners insurance claims.  One simple place to start is by replacing your furnace filter.  Replacing your furnace filter can range in price depending on the type of filter.  A permanent filter might be a good option.  According to popular mechanics disposable fiberglass filters can catch 10 to 40% of debris, while electrostatic filters can trap around 88%.  (https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/g52/winterize-home-tips-energy-461008/).  Another thing to think about according to networx.com is that leaving furnace filters to become clogged can result in a build-up that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.  (https://www.networx.com/article/furnace-filter-danger).  While you are changing out your furnace filter, it is a good idea to do some cleaning around the furnace.  Make sure that there are no paint thinners or flammables around the furnace.  Also make sure that the front panel door is properly in place.  Finally make sure all of the area under and around the furnace is unobstructed.  Finally have a HVAC professional inspect the furnace.  This can possibly prevent accidents and also make the furnace run more efficiently.  We will be updating this blog with other helpful winterizing tips in the coming weeks.  Also make sure you check out our Twitter, Google+, and Facebook accounts.