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Home Energy Resources

A list of things that may occur inside your house during the first year of your new house or after a major remodeling project.
– Doors in need of adjustment
– Gaps in wood flooring, between walls and cabinets and cracks in woodwork joints.
– Gaps between walls and vanities, counter-tops or bathtubs
– Hairline cracks or nail pops in the dry wall
– High levels of condensation on windows

January/February

  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.
  • Clean range hood filter.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Clean and check sump pump and pit.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater (recommendations and safety needs).
  • Clean faucet aerators and turn on infrequently used faucets and put water in floor drains to maintain the trap’s water barrier.
  • Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

March/April

  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Inspect basement/crawl space for seepage/leakage.
  • Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.
  • Check and repair any damaged screens.
  • Adjust thermostat for season change.
  • Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

May/June

  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Be sure to check settling after spring thaw.
  • Open outside hose connection.
  • Check and clean central air conditioning system.
  • Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).
  • Replace air conditioning or furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Clean A/C condenser.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.
  • Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.
  • Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary.

July/August

  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Check exterior finishes for moisture damage.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Air out damp basements on dry days or use dehumidifier.
  • Have furnace (heating system) serviced.
  • Check hot water heater for mineral buildup, drain, refill.
  • Check and repair interior caulking and grout on tile in showers and baths.
  • Check and repair all cracked, separated or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping, especially around windows and entry doors. Use ASTM C-920 sealant.
  • Seal coat and repair asphalt driveway as needed.
  • Replace air filters monthly when air conditioning or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Clean A/C condenser.

September/October

  • Check fireplace and chimney, service or clean if needed.
  • Clean range hood filter.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Check roofing and flashing and repair signs of wear or damage.
  • Check roof vents/soffit vents.
  • Drain and close outside hose connection.
  • Winterize landscaping and blow out irrigation system.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.
  • Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.
  • Adjust thermostat for season change.
  • Check humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture.
  • Clean dryer vent.
  • Check garage floor for cracks – seal & caulk.

November/December

  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check exhaust fans.
  • Clear air intakes, exhausts and meters of snow, debris, etc.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Check adjustment of door thresholds.
  • Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

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