Fall is a great time to get started with some very important maintenance tips in and around your home. Here we’ve listed 5 smart fall home maintenance tips that you’ll want to check off your list this season.
Autumn Maintenance Tips for Home
1) Schedule a maintenance appointment with an HVAC specialist, such as Sierra Air, to have your system inspected and tuned up for the upcoming heating season. Maintenance visits are an inexpensive way to ensure that your HVAC system is functioning effectively and efficiently all year long. It’s also important to change your air filter in your HVAC system–so, if you haven’t done that in a while, do so now. It’s smart to change filters every other month; and, if you have pets, consider changing them even more frequently, checking monthly for buildup. If your HVAC system includes an in-built humidifier, have the HVAC contractor replace that filter as well.
2) Inspect your attic for adequate and properly installed insulation. To add attic insulation, unroll the insulation so that the paper side is facing out and place small pieces of insulation between the joists on the attic floor, making sure you don’t step in between the joists. Be sure when installing insulation, that the vapor barrier is facing down toward the house, rather than up towards the roof. Incorrectly installed insulation could trap moisture in the home, which creates water problems and potential damage to your home. To be extra sure this doesn’t occur, cut small slits in the vapor barrier so that any accumulated moisture can escape.
3) Take care of any leaves in your yard immediately by raking up the thick layers of leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Leaves that become wet and left on your lawn can suffocate all living grass below and cause your grass to die, as well as invite pests to infest your lawn. Make it a habit to rake or blow leaves off of your lawn as soon as they fall. Place raked leaves in a compost pile or use as a mulch or a winter cover for flower beds, as they are an excellent source of nutrients.
4) Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that they have working batteries. This is a simple, but very important task to do, as both of these detectors can save lives and shouldn’t be overlooked. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, it’s wise to consider adding one to your home, especially if you have gas or oil burning appliances in your house. Carbon monoxide is an odorless invisible byproduct of burning oil or natural gas, and can be deadly if allowed to accumulate in the home. Install detectors near potential sources of carbon monoxide, and also so that you can hear the alarm sound while sleeping.
5) Check your home for air leaks and drafts and seal up any cracks with caulk. Check specifically around window and door frames, trim and siding, and any place that wires or pipes enter the home from the outside. This will help not only prevent cold drafts from entering into the home, which will cut down on winter heating costs, but it will also prevent moisture from invading your home.
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