The leaves are changing colour and the nights are getting cooler. The smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes is filling the air and your home is quiet again from 9:00-3:30 while the kids are in school… Ahh, the fresh fall air is finally here!
To help you prepare for the cooler weather, we’ve compiled a list of home maintenance tips for fall. Many of these can be done by you, depending on your own comfort level with handy-work. Anything else, feel free to call your go-to local HVAC or plumbing company.
- Clean or replace all filters in your home. (This should be done in most furnace or AC units once per month anyway.)
- Seal cracks, gaps, leaks and add insulation to save up to 20% on heating costs.
- Don’t run bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside air.
- Check all smoke & CO alarms/testers. Replace batteries and test them. The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Upgrade your thermostat. Mechanical thermostats are likely 10+ years old at this point and the springs become worn out, causing inaccuracies in reading your temperature in-house, which then costs you more money in heating.
- Drain & winterize outdoor taps & faucets. Not sure how? Give us a call!
- Do you have any gas appliances such as a gas fireplace? Don’t clean it yourself, have it inspected by a professional. This isn’t just a plug to have one of our extremely professional, talented, handsome gas fitters come out and service your fireplace, it’s also the law that only a licensed Gas Fitter 2 or 1 does the servicing; your insurance could become void if it was found out you did certain work on a gas line.
- Have young ones? Make sure they know what to do in case of an emergency such as a fire. Cool Fall evenings around the dinner table are great for rehearsing your safety plans.
- Do a walk-around of your home exterior. Are there gaps in the driveway? Brick or siding that is eroding? Fixing these now will avoid a lot of headaches later on.
We will be adding to this series as the seasons’ change and new requests for information arrive from our customers!
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