Welcome to fall! The days are getting shorter and the temperature cooler. It’s time to get your home ready for the next few months Here’s a few things you can do to get ready, or hire a professional if you are not comfortable doing it yourself.
Clean your eavestroughs and downspouts
When the leaves fall, there is a good chance they can plug your eavestroughs and downspouts, which will block the water from draining away from your house properly.
Caulk around windows, doors and other openings
Having a good seal around these openings will not only make your home more comfortable, but will also help you waste less energy and save you money.
Check/replace weather stripping
Weather stripping should be replaced every few years as it loses its effectiveness with age and wear. Check if it looks worn or cracked and replace.
Inspect your roof
Asphalt shingles deteriorate over time. Look for loose or missing shingles or shingles with mold. Also, check around vents and your chimney for nests from little critters and for broken seals. Go inside the attic and check for water damage and holes, for this you may want to hire a professional.
Cover your air conditioner
A short cover over your air conditioner will protect the unit from leaves and debris getting inside the top, while allowing the unit to breathe and not giving critters a place to build a nest.
Shut-off and drain outside faucets
It’s important to drain the lines and shut off the faucets to prevent bursting or cracking. Failing to do so could result in a potentially expensive disaster. You should have shut-off vales located inside for these outer faucets
Clean and inspect your furnace
Now that you are about to turn the heat back on, it’s a good idea to have your furnace inspected to keep in running in top form. Replace the furnace filter, as it will help the furnace run more efficient and will improve the quality of the air being pumped into your home.
• Clean and inspect your fireplace • Clean and inspect your dryer vent • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors • Check that carbon monoxide detectors are working properly • Inspect fire extinguishers • Inspect and test sump pumps • Empty and store rain barrels • Winterize outdoor lawn equipment