At this time of the year, many homeowners are already beginning their preparations for the cooler weather. Before you know it, the temperatures will start to fall, so it’s definitely not too early to start your fall home maintenance. Following a simple checklist of steps to take this fall is a great way to safeguard your home:
- Begin your fall home maintenance with some simple checks. Examine the area around your doors and windows for cracks that will let heated air escape. Fill any cracks you find with weatherstripping or caulk.
- Don’t forget to also check the places in your home where wires and pipes come in from the outside. These are places that can wind up costing you lots of money in wasted energy. Caulk or spray foam is usually the best way to seal these leaks.
- Make sure that your attic’s insulation is adequate and installed correctly. Attic insulation should be R-20 or above for the best protection. Remember that good insulation can save you money throughout the year, in both warm and cold weather.
- Make sure that autumn leaves are removed from your gutters periodically during the fall. A clogged gutter can lead to ice dams on your roof, which can damage the roof and the attic below. Rain water and melted snow also will spill out of a clogged gutter and drain down into your foundation.
- If you used a humidifier during the summer, inspect it now to make sure that there are no signs of mold or mildew inside the water tank or filters. Mold and mildew can spread bacteria throughout your home, making you and your family ill. You don’t want a moldy appliance sitting in the corner all winter.
- Make sure that your furnace is inspected by a professional technician before the heating season starts. You don’t want to have your furnace break down during the dead of winter.
- Have a licensed chimney sweep or HVAC technician inspect and clean your chimney, fireplace and/or wood burning stove. Using a wood-burning stove or fireplace with a dirty or clogged chimney could cause a house fire.
If you need more expert advice about how to complete your fall home maintenance or if you have any other questions about heating and cooling your Northeast Ohio home, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We have been serving the Greater Cleveland area for over 78 years and look forward to serving you.
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