7-Point Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall
- November 11, 2014
Taking advantage of cooling weather for fall home maintenance in North Carolina will help you comfortably ready your home for chillier weather ahead. These tasks will cut your energy bills, prevent damage to your home, and increase your comfort.
- Once the leaf drop is over, clean out the gutters. If you have a lot of overhanging trees you’ll probably want to do this several times during the fall. Gutters can fill up quickly. Clean gutters let rain or snow melt pass through quickly, preventing wood rot or damage to your home’s roof, eaves or fascia, and keeping overflowing water from draining down into the foundation.
- Look over the roof to see if any shingles are missing and replace them. Winter rains and snow can penetrate through the roofing material, causing water damage inside the attic, along with the roof decking.
- Examine the window frames for any cracks between the exterior walls and the frames. Seal with caulk to stop any moisture from entering or air infiltration inside and out that can increase heating bills.
- If you find light seeping into your home around the exterior door frames, you likely need to replace the weatherstripping. If you see light at the door’s base, apply a door sweep or use a draft blocker.
- Have your heating system serviced before it’s time to rely on it. You’ll save energy, along with increasing your comfort and safety, especially if you use combustion heating equipment. A heat pump should also be serviced as part of fall home maintenance, since these appliances work hard during both summer and winter. Having the refrigerant level checked and all the components cleaned and adjusted will help it operate at top efficiency. Regardless of heating type, the HVAC technician should check the ducts for leakage and seal them tightly.
- Increase attic insulation if it’s lacking or damaged. Sixteen to 20 inches is the ideal amount to lower thermal transfer winter and summer.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you use any gas appliances, make a note to test the batteries monthly during the heating season.
Contact the experts at Comfort Services, Inc. to help you with fall home maintenance jobs associated with your heating equipment and the ductwork. We provide exceptional HVAC services for Moore County homeowners.
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