Get your home ready for cooler temps with these fall home maintenance projects. Be prepared for the new seasonal change by making your home more energy efficient, and save money too! Don’t wait until something important breaks down before you fix it! Preventative maintenance is the key to saving money and keeping your home warm and comfortable during cold winter months.
Take one day to finish these indoor home maintenance projects. You’ll be glad you did!
Weatherize doors and windows – Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows. If you notice any gaps in the coverage, make a quick trip to your local home improvement store for new materials. Keep all cold air out, and all warm air in your home with well-sealed windows and doors.
Filter change – Replace your furnace filter before you even turn the unit on. A nice, clean filter will help air flow freely, and will put less strain on your furnace, making your home more energy efficient.
Furnace check – Throw open the windows, and turn on your heater. Have you ever noticed how the heater smells horrible the first time you use it? By running it before you actually need it, you can get that ‘burn off’ out of the way, and make sure your heater is in working order. Have a qualified heating professional come and check your heating unit before cold weather hits. If you wait you see noticeable problems with your heater, you may not be able to get someone to come out to check it out before it breaks. These individuals are much busier during cold weather, so get them out to your home now.
Chimney clean – If you have a chimney, having a professional chimney sweep come out and clean out flues. Again, don’t wait until the weather is cold. Do it now to save yourself time and money.
Insulate pipes – If you live where the weather becomes extremely cold, protect your home from frozen pipes. Insulate the pipes before the weather dips down to freezing temps. The more insulation you use, the less susceptible they are to freezing. If you live in a very cold climate, consider using heat tape on pipes that are exposed to outdoor walls or windows.
Check smoke detectors – Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The risk of house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during winter months, so make sure that your family is protected.
By taking the time to complete the fall home maintenance projects listed here, you will ensure that your home stays nice and warm all winter long.
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