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2015-09-23 11:50:52
Fall Home Maintenance

You can’t tell by this next week’s weather, but today is the first day of Fall.  As you enjoy your Pumpkin Spice everything there are some things you should do around your house to prepare for winter.  Here are some things that will help you get your home prepared for the cold months ahead.

  1. Check out your Roof. The snow and ice that come with winter are hard on your roof.  Look for curling or missing shingles now.  You don’t want to find out about a leaky roof with snow and freezing temperatures in the immediate forecast.
  2. Clean out your Gutters. Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams.  After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts.  Flush them with water to remove leaves, twigs, and dirt.  Inspect them to make sure there aren’t sections that are sagging, and that the joints are in good condition.  It is also a good time to put gutter guards on to protect from leaves clogging them in the future.
  3. Check your doors and windows weather stripping and caulking. Heating and cooling are one of the largest expenses of maintaining a home.  One major area where you lose heating and cooling efficiency is around doors and windows.  Making sure your weather stripping and caulking are in good condition will help keep the cold air out during the winter.
  4. Get your furnace serviced. Fall is a great time to have your furnace checked.  Having your furnace to out when it is below freezing outside is a horrible situation.  Have your furnace checked out in the fall to help ensure your house stays warm and cozy during the winter months.
  5. Winterize your Evaporative Cooler. If your home has an evaporative cooler you will want to winterize it.  This will help protect the unit from damage as well as prevent heat loss from the evaporative cooler vent.  Here is a website with more details on how you winterize your evaporative cooler. http://plumbing.about.com/od/appliances/ss/How-To-Winterize-A-Swamp-Cooler.htm#step1
  6. Plant spring bulbs and seed spotty grass patches. These are a few steps that will keep you ahead of the game as spring arrives.
  7. Clean and organize your summer gardening tools. Sadly the gardening season is coming to an end.  As you pull out the plants and prepare your beds for winter it is also a good time to make sure your garden tools are clean and organized for next year. 
  8. Winterize your Lawn Mower. Your lawn mower will last longer and perform better if you stabilize the gas in the lawn mower over the winter, or drain the gas from the mower.  House Logic has a few methods you can look at to do this.  http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/seasonal-maintenance/fall-checklist/
  9. Service Winter tools. You want to make sure your snow shovels, snow blowers, and ice melt are ready to go.  Finding out your snow blower doesn’t work after the first few inches of snow have fallen is no fun.
  10. Drain Garden hoses and shut off outdoor water valves.
  11. Cover and store outdoor furniture and grills.
  12. Change the direction of ceiling fans. According to Energystar.gov the direction of your ceiling fans can help you with heating and cooling costs. In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you 'feel' cooler. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step! (https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ceiling_fans.pr_ceiling_fans_usage)
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