Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
After consulting your hot water tank owner’s manual, drain off a dishpan full of water from the clean-out valve at the bottom of your hot water tank to control sediment and maintain efficiency
Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season.
Vacuum bathroom fan grille
Vacuum fire and smoke detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning
Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerators and freezers, and empty and clean drip trays
Check pressure gauge on all fire extinguishers; recharge or replace if necessary
Check fire escape routes, door and window locks and hardware, and lighting around outside of house; ensure family has good security habits
Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water; refill with water if necessary
Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels — for example, condensation on your windows, which can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems — and take corrective action if necessary
Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair
If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap
Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls
Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing
Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace in the spring
Examine attic for frost accumulation. Check roof for ice dams or icicles. If there is excessive frost or staining of the underside of the roof, or ice dams on the roof surface
Keep snow clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows
Monitor outdoor vents, gas meters and chimneys for ice and snow buildup. Consult with an appropriate contractor or your gas utility for information on how to safely deal with any ice problems you may discover
Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety; if worn, or if plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately.
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