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Service Tips
Spring and Summer
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General guidelines for keeping your home cool and efficient:

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  • Have a Service Expert inspect your home's cooling equipment.
  • Check your AC filter every month, clean or replace as needed.
  • Clean 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.
  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 lighting costs.
  • Install awnings or plant trees outside your home to create shade.
     
Fall and Winter
 

General guidelines for keeping your home warm and efficient:

   
  • Have a Service Expert inspect your home's heating equipment.
  • Set your thermostat to 68?F (20?C) when you're at home and awake, and as low as 59?F (15?C) when you're asleep or awake.
  • Check your filter every month, clean or replace as needed.
  • Clean 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 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.
  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 118?F (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 shower heads.
  Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:
   
  • When adjusting your 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.