The Changing Of The Seasons
With summer almost over, the cooler temperatures will be here before you know it. Though home maintenance may be the last thing on your mind, now is the time to consider some of these tips to get your home ready for fall. By completing these tasks, you can save money on your energy bill and avoid having to call in emergency repairs during harsh weather.
1. Check For Drafts
One of the best tests you can conduct to determine if there is a draft in your home is lighting a candle. By holding the candle close to windows and doors and watching the flame, you can see if there’s a draft that could let cold air in. If you find any gaps, apply weather stripping or use caulk to seal cracks. A home inspector who uses thermal imaging can also detect areas of heat loss by taking infrared pictures that show temperature changes.
2. Get Your Home Ready for Fall With HVAC Maintenance
During the hot summer months, you probably used your HVAC a great deal to make sure your home was cool and comfortable. With its continued or consistent use, your unit is sure to require maintenance–or at the very least a filter change. Between seasons is a great time to hire an HVAC technician to perform a duct cleaning and service the furnace. Take care of this task before you start using your home’s heating system.
3. Check Safety Devices
To keep your family safe and make sure your home is ready for fall, double check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries in each if necessary. If there’s a dangerous gas in your home, you need to know about it to keep your family safe.
4. Roof Inspection
With the powerful storms in the spring and summer seasons, your roof may require some extra attention before fall and winter roll in. While you can do a quick visual inspection yourself, a professional inspector will know what to look for and how to interpret it. Some inspectors use aerial drones that assist in roof inspections by showing details of areas that are too steep to walk on or otherwise inaccessible. By making sure your roof is sturdy and doesn’t have any damaged areas to let in the cold air is part of getting your home ready for fall. Should your roof require repairs or replacement, you’ll have time to take action before winter weather arrives.
5. Fireplace and Chimney
For those who have a chimney and fireplace that they use in the fall season, it’s essential that you have it inspected. You can make sure your home is ready for fall by having someone clean the chimney so that it is clear from debris and creosote. Otherwise, you might find yourself at risk for a house fire due to a dirty and clogged chimney. Enjoy your fireplace safely this fall by having it inspected.
Start working on these five tasks to get your home ready for fall now so that when the cooler weather sets in, you’ll be all set and glad that your home is prepared.