As we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel of our eternal Central Arizona summer, it’s really not too early to start putting together a fall home maintenance to-do-list. It’s important to prepare your home for the fall so you can save money on utility bills and repair any damages to the house before the weather changes.Caulk outside cracks and gaps. Take a lap around the house and look for any cracks in the masonry or spaces in the siding and fill the gaps with caulk. Do the same around pipes and the outside of windows and door frames. This is a great solution, not to mention cost effective, for keeping the inclement weather out and the warmth in during the cooler weather.
Check the roof. To avoid leaks from rain and storms, replace any loose or missing shingles. Have a professional roofer do a thorough check for any major problems. Make sure your rain gutters are clear as well.
Weatherstripping. Apply weatherstripping to your doors to the outside if the existing stripping is starting to deteriorate. Check the basement window for leaks, drafts and damaged panes as well. Proper sealing will keep your utility bills at a minimum.
Check the insulation. Check your home’s insulation, especially in the attic and on ductwork that runs through unconditioned areas. Proper insulation in these areas can make a big difference when it comes to keeping the heat from escaping your home in the winter (and entering in the summer).
Check your heating system. To get the most out of your HVAC system and to prepare for the changing weather, hire an HVAC professional to complete a fall tuneup for your furnace or heat pump. You can check the air filter yourself, and change it if it looks dirty.
For more expert advice about maintaining your home during the fall and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Wolff Mechanical. We service the Greater Phoenix area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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