There’s no doubt that winter is on our doorstep. Much of the country has already seen snowfall and everyone is preparing for what is predicted to be a frigid winter. Now’s the time to take action to ensure that your apartment and condo communities are winterized. Over the next few blogs, we’ll discuss tips for avoiding frozen pipes and how to be ready for power outages. But first, let’s heat things up…
Furnace Safety – When Mother Nature turns down the temperature outside, we turn up our thermostats inside. When you turn on your heat for the first time after a nice long, hot summer, you may notice a slight odor. Typically, this smell is due to a buildup of small debris on your furnace, like lint and dust. However, in some instances this odor could serve as a warning that your furnace needs to be serviced. Take the smart and safe precaution to have it serviced and cleaned by a professional.
Vents, Filters, & Windows - It’s also a smart idea in the beginning of a season to inspect your vents and filters. Vacuum the vents if there is dust forming and change the filters on a regular basis. If you have propane heat, ensure the tanks are full and have them inspected for any wear and tear. Check that all your windows are closed and that the seals are strong.
Thermostats - If there are empty units in the complex, leave the thermostat around 55 degrees. A steady temperature is more energy efficient than turning the heat on and off throughout the day.
A Money Saving Secret – Another way to save a few dollars and maximize your heat is to reverse ceiling fans. Many of us just turn off the fans in the winter, but if you locate and turn the small switch on the fan’s middle unit, it will propel the blades clockwise, pushing the warm air down.
Read on next week when we go over a few tips on how to avoid frozen pipes.
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