The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping.
You may be familiar with the jobs you need to do in order to get the exterior of your home ready for the changing season.
But, did you know there are some things you need to take care of on the inside of your house, too?
The colder it gets, the more time you’ll be spending indoors.
Here’s what you need to do in order to prepare.
Have your furnace checked out
One of the first and most important maintenance tasks you can do as the weather starts to get chillier is to make sure your furnace is in good working order.
These are the elements that a professional will check out when doing a furnace inspection:
- The filter. Your furnace filter will need to be changed regularly during the months that it gets used. It should be changed at the beginning of the season, too.
- Possible leaks. Leaks can affect your home’s energy efficiency but more importantly, a leak can be dangerous.
- Heating efficiency. A pro will be checking to make sure that your furnace is running as efficiently as it should be.
Inspect windows and doors for drafts
A subtle leak may be hard for you to detect without some help, but it can still cost you extra money on your heating bills.
One good way to find a draft is to take a lit candle around the edges of doors and windows. If the flame flickers, there’s a good chance you have an issue.
You may need to replace seals or do some re-caulking to take care of the problem.
Prepare your air conditioning units
When the weather gets sufficiently chilly that you won’t be using it anymore, you should cover your central air conditioning unit for the fall and winter.
Window air conditioning units should be removed or covered well.
Clean your humidifiers
The cooler temperatures are known for bringing germs that cause colds and sniffles.
Using a gunk-filled humidifier will only exacerbate the problem.
Use some vinegar and give humidifiers a good scrubbing to make sure they’re ready to do their duty when the time comes.
Put safety first
Each new season should prompt you to replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
After replacing the batteries, be sure to do a check to make sure they’re all working properly.
You should also check the expiration dates on your fire extinguishers. If they’re past their prime, it’s time to get some replacements.
Consider a programmable thermostat
If you haven’t ever thought about it, it’s worth looking into.
A programmable thermostat can be set to lower temperatures during the night and at certain times when you’re away.
It can save you some major bucks on your heating bill!
Have your fireplace or wood stove inspected
Doing your own visual inspection isn’t the best idea when the safety of your family is at stake.
Have a professional take a look and make sure you’re not in any danger when you decide to start using your fireplace or wood burner.
Cozy up and enjoy
Though it’s always sad to see summer go, the autumn is a lovely time of year that you can fully enjoy when you don’t have to worry about those nagging home maintenance issues.
Don’t put them off. Get inspections, do your own checking, and make any repairs that are necessary so that you can rest easy when the winds of fall start to blow.
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