Monday October 7, 2013
Autumn is here and winter is on its way. Are you and your home ready for the temperatures to drop? Here are home maintenance tips from Charter Homes & Neighborhoods that will help you save time and money this fall.
Fall Home Maintenance Tips
- Start at the top. You can do a pretty good roof inspection from eye level. Remove any leaves or sticks clogging your gutters and downspouts. Check for missing shingles. You may need a ladder to do a full inspection (if you are uncomfortable on a ladder, call a handyman to help!).
- Check your air filters. Regular changing will help extend the life of and efficiency of your central air system. Plus, clean air filters will keep your family healthier in the fall months. It is a good idea to have your heating and air systems professionally cleaned twice a year.
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Go through you home to inspect each window and exterior door to ensure the seal and caulking is in good condition.
- Drain your hot water heater. Draining your water heater will remove sediment from hard water and will extend the life of your water heater. Do you have a tankless water heater? If yes, skip this step!
- Empty your garden hose and disconnect it from the exterior spigot. If water is left in the hose and it freezes, it will expand and tear the hose (even frost-free hoses will tear if left on the spigot!).
Is your home ready for the fall and winter months?
- In your garage, empty out unused fuel from any gas-powered equipment. Sediment can build up and clog the fuel lines if not removed during the fall and winter months.
- Get an annual checkup of your gas or wood burning fireplaces.This is especially important if you frequently use your fireplace in the winter months.
- Adjust the exterior door threshold. An exterior door threshold is designed to seal off airflow under the door. As your home naturally settles, this seal may become less efficient. All it takes is a simple adjustment to seal up any space between the threshold and the door.
- Clean and inspect laundry hoses. Lint and dust can get stuck in your hose and create a fire hazard. To clean, disconnect the hose from the dryer and use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the lint. Don’t forget to reconnect it!
- Check, test and replace batteries on smoke detectors and sump pump. This should be done twice a year, usually when we ‘fall back’ or ‘spring forward.’
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