Fall is here, which means it’s time to start getting your house prepared for the cooler months ahead. Check out our fall home maintenance checklist for tips and tricks that will help keep your residence safe, warm, and energy efficient all season long.
Clogged gutters are one of the main causes for ice dams. After the leaves have fallen, don’t forget to clear your gutters of any leaves, sticks and other debris.
Drafty windows and doors can send your utility bills soaring. Weather-stripping is an easy and affordable way to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Don’t forget your garage, refreshing your garage door weather stripping regularly can not only keep cold air out but also small animals.
Check for Cracks
Every home, no matter the age, is vulnerable to foundation cracks. Save yourself from worry and damaged personal items by properly filling and sealing cracks as they happen.
Turn Off & Drain Outdoor Plumbing
Detach garden hoses, turn off water supply and drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems.
Change Furnace Filter
When’s the last time you changed out your furnace filter? A fresh filter not only improves your indoor air quality, but also helps to reduce your home’s energy expenses and prolongs the life of your HVAC system.
Have Your Heating System Inspected by a Licensed Contractor
It’s critical to have your home’s heating system cleaned and inspected yearly. Doing so will not only reduce the likelihood of unexpected heating breakdowns and costly repairs but will also reduce your system’s energy consumption.
Ensure Your Fireplace is in Good Working Condition
A fireplace can create a cozy space for you and your family to enjoy all winter long. But, if not maintained properly, can also pose as a serious threat. Make sure you have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected before use.
Test & Change the Batteries in Your Smoke & CO Detectors
The batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 6 months. If your CO detector is 5 years or older the unit should be replaced.
Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
Running your ceiling fans at a low speed, in clockwise motion helps pull cool air up towards the ceiling and push warm air down into living space.