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Scott’s Fall Home MaintenanceTips

ip_199Examine your roof and gutters for debris. Clear leaves, dirt, and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces.

Change the furnace filters regularly. Also, try running the heat on your furnace now to ensure it’s working before a cold snap hits. This also gives you the opportunity to run the heat with the windows and doors open to clear out the burnt smell it may give off for a couple minutes on its first use of the season. Clean air filters will help to keep your family healthier in the fall months.

Remove air conditioning units. If you have a window unit, remove it or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage.

Inspect windows and doors for drafts. A lot of energy is wasted when trying to heat or cool a home that has drafts coming from windows and doors. Go through your home and check windows to ensure the seal and caulking around them is in good condition. If you don’t have the funds right now to fix the drafts, a short-term thought is to add heavy drapery around drafty windows to help block some air infiltration.

Clean your furnace. Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Quick Fall Home Maintenance Tips

  • Bleed air from hot water radiators.
  • Check the chimneys for constructions such as nests.
  • Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust.
  • Turn ON gas furnace pilot light (if your furnace has one), set the thermostat to “heat” and test the furnace for proper operation by raising the thermostat setting until the furnace starts to operate. Once you have confirmed proper operation, return the thermostat to the desired setting.
  • Check to see the bathroom exhaust fans and range hoods are operating properly. If possible, confirm that you are getting good airflow by observing the outside vent hood (the exterior damper should be held open by the airflow).
  • Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries.
  • Clean portable humidifier, if one is used.
  • Check sump pump and line to ensure proper operation, and to ascertain that there are no line obstructions or visible leaks.
  • Remove interior insect screens from windows to allow air from the heating system to keep condensation off window glass and to allow more free solar energy into your home.
  • Ensure all doors to the outside, windows and skylights shut tightly. Replace weather stripping if required.
  • Cover outside of air-conditioning units and shut off power.
  • Clean leaves from eaves throughs and roof, and test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.
  • Winterize landscaping, for example, store outdoor furniture, prepare gardens and, if necessary, protect young trees or bushes for winter.
  • Drain and store outdoor hoses. Close interior valve to outdoor hose connection.