This Year’s Fall Checklist: Valuable Information for Homeowners
Fall isn’t just about back to school and temperatures getting cooler in North San Antonio, TX. It’s also an important season for DIY maintenance for homeowners.
Committing to seasonal maintenance can help you keep expensive repairs at bay, protect your home investment and help to reduce your energy bills as well. They say that time is money.
Your time doing maintenance equals money that you’ll save as a homeowner. So, where do you start? Here is some valuable information to help you get going with your task checklist.
Call for Service
Not all fall maintenance is DIY. The first thing that you should check off your list is scheduling your heating system‘s maintenance. During the service call, the technician will clean your system and inspect for possible problems. He will also change the filter.
This will help your unit run more efficiently and make the indoor air quality better. Regular maintenance will also extend your unit’s lifespan. If you have a humidifier, get it tended to before the winter sets in as well.
Good health and comfort relies on having the proper level of humidity in the air. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned, consider doing that this fall. This doesn’t have to be done every year, but having it done every few years will help air flow more efficiently through your home.
Your Indoor List
Head up to the attic and make sure that you’ve got enough insulation. Also ensure that the insulation is in place. Sometimes it shifts after a storm. Put it back in place with a broom.
Clean out your dryer vent, stove and bathroom vents. Dust and debris gather in these vents over time and can pose a fire hazard.
Ensure that you’ve got a working fire extinguisher on each floor. Test your fire and carbon monoxide alarms and change batteries if necessary.
Seal windows with caulk if necessary. If you discover gaps between doors and door-frames, make them flush with the ground with weather stripping.
Your Outdoor List
Check the exterior of your home for peeling paint and touch up as needed. Inspect your walkway and driveway for cracks and seal them up. Rodents love to make those snug spots home over the winter months. If you haven’t done it in a while, it is a good time to reseal your driveway too.
If you haven’t done it in a while, it is a good time to reseal your driveway too. Drain your hose bibs and put hoses away. Shut off the interior valve to the home for the season.
Rake up dead leaves, which can cause damage to your lawn if left over the winter. Clean any debris out of gutters and downspouts. Inspect your roof for damage and repair before winter arrives.
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