It happens every year. Summer turns to fall and we're never ready for the change -- and neither are our homes. The coming winter seems to be promising higher fuel costs across the nation, so this year it's really going to pay to grab a weekend and concentrate your efforts on ways to keep your house warmer and your utility bills more affordable. Here's a checklist to help you get started. ___ Check the heating system: A heating system tune-up is always in order this time of year. This should include changing the filter in your furnace; having your ducts cleaned; checking and possibly increasing insulation over ductwork running through the attic or crawlspace; clearing debris and overhanging shrubbery from around outdoor heat pump equipment; and having faulty or inefficient thermostats repaired or replaced. ___ Check insulation levels: Out of sight, out of mind is something that typically applies to insulation, to make it a point to check your insulation levels and improve them whereve...
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