Is your home ready for cooler weather? Here are some fall home maintenance tips to help you prepare.
- Clean or replace filters in your heating system. If you have a gas heater, be sure to inspect the pilot light to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Inspect, clean and repair fireplace elements, including the chimney and flue, especially for wood-burning fireplaces. Dirty chimneys — those with a build-up of creosote — can cause fires.
- Winterize your air conditioning. If you have a heat pump, clean around it before winter arrives, removing any leaves or other debris, and keep it clear of ice and snow throughout the season. If you use a window unit, remove it or at least cover it. Also, be sure gaps around the unit are sealed to restrict air flow into or out of the house.
- Seal doors and windows. Speaking of gaps, check the rest of your home for drafts around doors and windows and fix them with weather stripping or foam insulation. Not only will your home be more cozy, but you’ll save on winter energy costs.
This tip may come across as “creepy,” as no one wants unwanted pest in their home. Check vents to ensure that screens are intact. Rodents and other pests can easily make their way into warm, cozy attics or crawl spaces through these access points if not properly secured.
To learn more about securing your home from potential dangers, contact us today!