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Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Fall

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Fall is a good time to take a look at things around the house that need to be addressed for the cold months ahead. Use this handy checklist to take care of prepping your home inside and out:

Check your heating system

This is a great time to discover if there are any issues with your heating system. Start by changing your air filter to protect both your equipment and your interior air quality. This is an excellent time to have your entire HVAC system given the once-over as part of a regular maintenance plan.

Reset your thermostat

Temperatures outside are changing – and so should the temperatures inside. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one for energy savings. Properly used, a programmable thermostat can save you almost $200 each year.

Seal those leaks

Normal wear and tear, in addition to changes in temperature and humidity, can cause window seals to crack or shrink. So, check all seals around windows and doors to see if there are drafts. Install caulk or weather stripping to help keep things snug.

Add insulation

Your insulation situation may be just fine, but if it’s a little sparse in the attic, you may want to consider blowing in some extra insulation to fill gaps and cover nooks and crannies. This will help your energy bill by retaining heated air.

Clean out the chimney

Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected and cleaned to prevent soot or creosote from causing a chimney fire this winter.

Keep pests out

As the temperatures outside drop, pests like spiders, insects, and very small mammals love to come inside where it’s much warmer. Keep them at bay by putting a screen behind all vents that lead into the house.

Clean out your gutters

Leaves, twigs, and other items get in your gutter throughout the summer months. The clogs they present can cause ice dams in the winter, so clean them out before cold weather hits. Follow by flushing well with water.

Seal cracks in your driveway

Your asphalt driveway likely accumulated a few little cracks over the past year. This is a good time to fill them and seal your driveway so small cracks don’t become big ones.

Inspect the roof

Summer storms and heat take their toll, and you should give your roof a good inspection before the onslaught of cold weather with ice and snow. Check and replace curling, buckling, or cracked shingles. Make sure there are no leaks or gaps around the flashing for your skylights, chimneys, or pipe vents.

Prepare your lawn

Your lawn is preparing for a long nap, and you can help it get ready by raking up leaves that suffocate grass and provide a breeding ground for insects and fungus. Aerate the soil so the roots can get air and moisture, followed by a good dose of fertilizer.

Wrap those exterior pipes

To help prevent frozen pipes this winter, wrap exterior water pipes with heat tape or insulation. Be sure to remember to turn off the valves to your exterior hose outlets as well, draining all water until the pipes are empty.

By taking some time to prepare your home and yard for the seasons ahead, you can save a lot of downtime and money for the future. Be sure to have a local HVAC professional give your heating system a thorough inspection to make sure your equipment doesn’t stop cold this winter.

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