Healthy Homes: Your fall maintenance checklist

Our home improvement expert Jeff Lee with Holland Heating and Cooling shares tips on how to get your home ready for cooler weather and ways to keep it safe. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

The fall season is a favorite time of the year for many. Cooler temperatures, the smell of the fallen leaves, roasting marshmallows on a nice bonfire.

It’s also good to use the first day of fall to remind yourself that there are a few things that need to be done to prepare for the upcoming heating season.

A good first step is to find the smoke detector and change the batteries.

It doesn’t matter that it’s not giving the ‘low battery’ beep yet. What if it doesn’t work?

Change your batteries just to be safe and then press the test button to make sure it’s working properly.

Next, in the same respect, find the carbon monoxide detector and do the same thing.

If you don’t have a CO detector, get one.

Whether you have a new furnace or not, carbon monoxide can come from other sources, so it’s best to have one on every level except for the basement, unless that’s where you sleep, which is where you should head next.

Change your furnace filter! You should have already been doing this if you have central air.

If not, change it before you begin using your furnace.

Nothing wrong with a fresh start for the season.

Next and finally, change the humidifier pad if you have a whole house humidifier on your furnace.

Yes, they do need to be changed. Just once a year on these and that should prevent water from spilling into the furnace due to a plugged up filter pad.

Just an ounce of prevention will save you a pound of cure and potentially a life threatening situation so that you can work to keep your family healthy and safe.

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