Home Winterizing Checklist
OK, lets start with the basics of making sure you have heat when you need it.
The time to check that is in the Fall, no later than the end of October. Give
your system a test run through and make sure all systems are "GO".
Heating System Checklist
Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees just for testing. You
should hear the furnace turn on and warm air should blow within a few minutes.
If it's running OK, turn the thermostat back to its normal setting. If it's not
running properly, you can try to diagnose it as outlined in Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace. Depending on what's wrong, you can fix it yourself or
you may need a qualified service technician.
Either have the furnace checked by a service technician or do it yourself as
outlined in Seasonal Furnace Maintenance.
the Air Filter:
Put in a new clean air filter. It's easy, just follow the steps in Furnace Filter Replacement
If you have a propane or oil furnace, make sure to have your fuel storage tank
topped off and ready to go.
Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks:
Clear obstacles to heating vents so air can freely flow.
This silent killer can easily be detected with either an inexpensive test badge
or battery operated alarm. Whichever way you decide, just please decide to
protect your family with one of these units.