With winter fast approaching, you should have already started preparing your house for the cold weather that lies ahead. While maintaining your heating system is beneficial, your home won’t be fully energy efficient unless you carry out general home maintenance. Here are the essential tasks you should perform to keep your house comfortable and efficient for the next couple of months.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks will make your heating system use more energy than it should. They will also allow cold air into your home, which can cause freezing within your plumbing. Air sealing is an effective way of reducing air leaks. Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal around doors, windows, pipes and vents. Seal any gaps and holes where the foundation and house framing meet.
You should clean your gutters to remove fallen leaves and debris. Blocked gutters and downspouts will prevent water from draining. This can create ice dams that damage roofs and cause the gutters to bulge, sag or detach from the house. Inspect the joints and tighten any loose hangers and downspout brackets. Replace old or worn gutters.
Inspect the Roof
A damaged roof will let rain, ice or snow find its way into your home, leading to a host of problems. Therefore, it is best to proactively take care of repairs while you’re doing your fall home maintenance. If the shingles are buckling, cracking or missing, replace them. Inspect the flashing for gaps and rust spots. Check if there is lichen, moss or fungal growth on your roof. If you spot many problems, it’s best to replace the whole roof.
Shut Off Outdoor Faucets
Shut off the water supply to your exterior faucets. This will protect them as well as your pipes from freezing and cracking. Drain your garden hoses before storing them inside.
These tasks will increase your home comfort and save you from unexpected expenses. For more information on fall home maintenance tips, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Greater Cleveland area for 80 years.
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