Prepare Your Home for Fall

August 19, 2008 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

With the kids headed back to school, you may get the feeling that fall is in the air. Now is the time to prepare for the changing seasons to make sure your home is ready to make the transition from hot summer temps to cool autumn breezes.

Start by thinking about keeping your home warm and snuggly.

  • Ensure that your attic and crawl spaces have enough insulation to keep the heat in your house and protect any nearby water pipes from freezing.
  • Replace your furnace filter to allow your heating system to work efficiently.
  • Have your furnance inspected and maintained to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you have a wood burning stove, check all connecting pipes to ensure adequate seals.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to remove soot and creosote, or any other debris that might block the opening.
  • Check the caulking around doors and windows to reduce heat loss.
  • Seal any air leaks near your water pipes to help prevent frozen pipes.
  • If you frequently have trouble with frozen pipes, consider installing heat tape around your pipes.
  • Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Addressing this checklist now will prevent you from having to address emergency problems when it’s cold outside, and when service calls for help will be at a premium.

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