Midwinter is a good time to check for ways to reduce home energy consumption and prevent appliance and equipment breakdowns.

Here are eight home maintenance tips to improve energy efficiency and keep appliances and heating systems running well. 

  • Pay attention to changes in the performance of appliances and heating and cooling equipment. 

    Changes in performance are often signs of larger problems. Troubleshoot and complete repairs as needed to improve energy efficiency and avoid costly repairs later. 
  • Change the furnace or air-handler air filter.

    This should happen every three months, or more frequently, depending on the region. A clean air filter is critical to home air quality and to the proper furnace or air-handler operation. Homeowners should…

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