With Fall fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to give your home an annual physical. We have created a checklist that will help lower your utilities bill, protect your home, and can easily be done yourself! Taking care of these little things now will make a big impact for you and your home during the colder months.
With less daylight during the fall and winter months, outdoor illumination becomes key. Place outdoor lanterns along the driveway and walkways to guide your way. Not only will it add a measure of security, it can also increase the night time curb appeal of your home.
Windows in older homes can be drafty, even after you have weather stripped them. With the right shades, curtains or blinds, you can retain some of the heat and energy lost through the windows.
Check foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping.
Replace the exterior house faucets with freeze proof faucets. This is an easy DIY project that can save you an expensive and time consuming clean up from a ruptured pipe.
Before the chill sets in, show your furnace some TLC. Sediment buildup can cause it to work less efficiently, become a fire hazard or stop working altogether. Yearly inspections will reduce risks and keep your system effective.
Even if you only use your fireplace occasionally, you should check it annually for hazards. Look for any blockages, exercise the damper and check for any damages. Don’t start that fire up until the fireplace has been cleaned of any debris.
Once the dripping starts it can be time-consuming to find the source of the problem. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing or leaky vents. Stop issues now before rain and snow turn into disasters.
While you’ve been out hiking, biking and swimming all summer, leaves and grime have been building up in your gutters. If ignored, this debris can clog your gutters preventing your drainage system from working properly.