Tips for fixing, cleaning and tightening things up to prevent winter damage and save money, too
by John Riha, September 15, 2010
Money-Saving Fall Maintenance Tips
Use top-quality furnace filters, which don’t have to be changed as frequently as bargain brands. Watch for seasonal sales, and stock up.
Have a professional seal and insulate your heating and cooling ductwork. The cost is $1,000 to $3,000, but you may qualify for state rebates, and you’ll save up to $300 per year in heating and cooling costs. Plus, your home will be more comfortable.
Buy a programmable thermostat that self-adjusts for daytime, nighttime and weekend needs. You’ll spend $50 to $100, but save up to $180 per year in energy costs. Energy Star models come with preprogrammed settings.
Drain the water heater to increase efficiency and prolong the life of your appliance.