Inside your home you will want to ensure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are maintained properly.
Monthly tests are recommended by pressing the test button to ensure the alarm is working properly. (Alaska statistics show in 2013 alone 39% of structure fires were results of faulty or not installed smoke detection systems)
Consider your fall inspection the time to replace the batteries in your Carbon monoxide and Smoke detectors.
Clean the face of the detectors with your vacuum cleaners without removing covers.
Winter heating costs can be reduced by ensuring heating systems are in good working order and possible hazards may be identified by a quick visual inspection.
For fireplaces and wood bringing stoves you should inspect the firebox and flue system and clean any soot or creosote and ensure there aren’t any cracks or voids that could cause a fire hazard.
Trust me, you DO NOT want your chimney blazing and red hot while you are freaking out because the creosote is on fire! Not a fun experience but also a good reminder to keep a fire extinguisher handy!
Check fireplace for drafts. If it’s cold despite the damper being closed, the damper itself may be warped, worn, or rusted. Consider installing a Chimney Balloon into the flue to air seal the area tightly.
Replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency at the start of the winter season and every 3 months to improve indoor air quality.
Remove air conditioners from windows or cover them with insulated liners, to prevent drafts.
To increase efficiency replacing old thermostats with programmable units saves on heating costs.
Change the direction of ceiling fans to the reverse or clockwise position; this will blow warm air down to the floor for improved energy efficiency and comfort.
Examine exposed ducts in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces, and use a sealant to plug up any leaks.