It’s Time for Fall Home Maintenance — A Checklist to Get Your Home PreparedPublished on: September 30, 2013
The mornings are becoming a little bit cooler; and the evenings just a little longer. As you leave summer behind and head into autumn, preventative fall home maintenance becomes a necessity. Be prepared for upcoming changes in weather by preparing at the start of the season.
Seal and Insulate
Heating and cooling account for approximately 56 percent of energy used in most U.S. homes, according to the U.S.Department of Energy. To prevent air seepage around doors and windows, use caulk or weatherstripping where appropriate. Find air leaks by slowly running your hand around the frame of doors and windows to check for drafts.
Tune Up the Heating System
Ensure that your heating system is in good working order. For a minimal fee, a technician can inspect your heat pump, furnace or boiler to determine if it is clean and in optimal condition. The inspection can also measure carbon-monoxide leaks. Fireplaces and woodstoves should also be inspected and cleaned, if necessary, to avoid the risk of fire.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
If your fan has a reverse switch option, use it to force the blades to turn in a clockwise direction when the heating season gets underway. Reversing the ceiling fan helps produce an updraft that will redistribute heated air near the ceiling. If you live in a part of the Southeast where you’re more likely to use your ceiling fan for cooling, even in the winter, you should ignore this tip.
Hire a Heating Professional
At the start of the fall season, hire a heating professional to check your heating system as part of your fall home maintenance checklist. Air filters must be replaced on a regular basis to allow your system to reach peak performance. If you use space heaters or humidifiers in your home, you’ll also want to get these inspected before they’re needed.
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Written by Robert Koch