Caring for your house this fall
Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, the air has a crispness about it, and all of that means that autumn is officially on it’s way. With the coming of fall, every homeowner knows it’s an important time to do some regular home maintenance.
Here are four important fall maintenance projects for your house that you’ll want to be sure to check off your list.
1. Clean your AC unit
Switch off your central AC unit and then go outside to take a look at your AC. Clean out any debris like leaves or twigs that may have accumulated over the summer months. If your AC unit has a drip pan, don’t forget to drain the pan. Finally, cover the unit with a fitted cover for winter storage. It’s not a bad idea to secure the cover with an extra bungee cord to make sure it’s nice and secure. By simply performing annual cleanings, the experts say you can knock 10-15% off your summer cooling costs!
2. Inspect your roof for damage or leaks
Is there any homeowner problem that feels more overwhelming than a leaky roof? We encourage our neighbors and past clients to be proactive about their roofs—to stop the problems before they ever start. The best way to inspect your roof is to get up on it and have a look around. Look for curling, missing, or damaged shingles. Take a peek in the gutters. If you find more than a quarter-inch of asphalt grit—you may be in need of a new roof.
3. Clean sweep your yard
Get out your rake and some yard-waste bags—you’re going to need them. Get started by removing leaves and debris from under your porch and any stairs. Notice any dead or broken limbs hanging from your trees? Help your trees out by giving them a good trim before the cold weather sets in. While you’re at it, it’s a great time to inspect your gutters for leaves and stray twigs. Check out this post for time-saving tips on cleaning your gutters.
4. Prep your heating system for winter
Did you have your furnace serviced or inspected last year? Expects suggest having the furnace inspected annually, or at least every other year. Take a few minutes to inspect the windows and doors in your house. Feel any substantial drafts? If you think you might be in need new windows, don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule a free window-replacement estimate.
Happy fall everyone!