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8 Early Fall Maintenance Tips

Late summer is the perfect time to begin prepping your home for those cool fall nights and the rough winter weather to come. Use the following tips to get the interior and exterior of your home in tip-top shape for the cold season.

Interior:

Home Security

Before turning on your heat for the first time, you should make it a point to check all your safety devices to ensure that they are working properly. This includes checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as changing the batteries in each device. You will also want to make sure that your fire extinguishers aren’t expired.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Late summer is the ideal time to catch small furnace problems, before they become large expensive ones. Once the cold season strikes your HVAC service is likely going to be busy on service calls, so ensuring that your furnace works properly before the cold season begins could save you an expensive bill in the long run.

Improve Insulation

With improved insulation in your attic and walls, you’ll be able to prevent cold air from seeping into your interior. When drafts get into your home, they force your furnace to work overtime to heat your home, which leads to higher energy bills.

Ready Quilts and Blankets

Freshen up stored quilts and blankets during the late summer. Also, you might want to have your flannel sheets and pillowcases ready as well.

Exterior:

Check for Cracks

Look for cracks in your home’s foundation and seal them to prevent drafts from getting inside, like poor insulation, they can raise your energy bill. They can also be an entryway for unwanted critters such as mice.

Check Your Roof

It’s important to check for loose shingles and make necessary repairs before the autumn storms arrive. While you’re up there, you can also clean out your gutters. Although you may clean them after all the leaves have fallen, it’s a good time to clean any branches or nests that may be up there.

Reinforce Windows and Doors

Before it gets cold out, set aside a day to replace all the screens in your windows and doors with storm windows. This is also a good time to add any weather stripping to help keep cool air from coming in.

Trim Your Trees

If you notice any dead limbs or decaying trees on your property, you should have them removed. These limbs can become hazardous when loaded with ice and snow in the winter. So, it’s best to take care of them before they can cause any damage to your home or property.

The winter weather is just around the corner. Keep these tips in mind so you can keep your home in good shape during the winter months.

 

Source: Huffington Post