Autumn is the perfect time to maintain your home and prepare for the chilly winter. Doing small things now can make a big difference for you and your home (not to mention your gas or electric bill). Easy tasks and taking care of your home will save money and if you feel the task is to large hire a professional to assist you. Some of these tasks could even save your life.
Seal out the Air Draft - Gaps in caulk and weather-stripping can account for a 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. An easy and inexpensive fix is weather stripping. This keeps the cold air out and warm air in.
Inspect Your Roof – This is a job you may want to hire a professional to do. Once you have a leaky roof it is very difficult to figure out where the leak is occurring. And your home’s worst enemy is water so roof inspection is vital.
Clean out the Gutters – Gutters filled with leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters and damaged exterior surfaces.
Protect Your Pipes – If you live where it freezes make sure to drain the line to outdoor spickets. If you don't have shut-off valves, you can purchase styrofoam faucet covers sold at most hardware stores or home centers.
Smoke & CO Detectors - Replace the batteries in each smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector, then vacuum them with a soft brush attachment. Test the detectors by pressing the test button or holding a smoke source (like a blown-out candle) near the detector. Make sure there is a smoke detector on every floor of your home
Cover the Outdoor Furniture & Grill – Once the days of swimming is gone. It is time cover the outdoor furniture and winterize the pool. Save the grill for the very last, BBQ is great all year long.
Protect Your Family & Pets from Allergens - Clean or replace dirty furnace filter and give you home a fresh healthy start. This will also help your heat pump or furnace run more efficiently.
Check Your Fireplace – During the warmer months problems could occur so especially if you have a wood burning fireplace have your chimney expected. This could save your family’s lives and your home.
Change The Direction of Your Ceiling Fans – Push that warm air that rises back down to you. While you are at it dust the blades.