Fall is an in-between season where you’re finishing up your summer home maintenance tasks as well as getting your home ready for winter. Cold, snow, and rain can do a number to a home, so you don’t want to ignore winter preparation.
- Flush hot water heater and remove sediment. This prolongs the life of the heater and helps with efficiency as well.
- Winterize air conditioning systems. Remove and store window units. If you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp or plastic sheeting and secure with bungee cords.
- Get heating system ready for winter. Check for any leaks in windows or doors; these can cost an arm and a leg. Make sure heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture. Have the furnace serviced/inspected at least every other year, preferably annually.
As with the AC, this shouldn’t be a huge expense. Don’t forget about fireplaces if you have them.
If you have any reservations about doing any of this work yourself, we highly recommend hiring someone like Pat Pisani from Magnum Heating & Cooling to inspect your HVAC systems.
You can contact him at (732) 616-9939 or by visiting his website at magnumheatingandcooling.com.
- Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets. Also flush hoses and store them. Winterize sprinkler systems as well, if you have one.
- Get chimney cleaned, if you have one. Some folks say to do this in the spring, some say fall. Either way, just make sure it’s done once per year.
- Test sump pump. You don’t want to wait until you need your sump pump to find out it’s not working.
- Check driveway/pavement for cracks. Make sure to have re-sealed before winter; water can freeze and expand in the cracks, causing more damage.
- Buy winter gear. Have sidewalk salt, good shovels, etc. ready for winter. You never know when that first snow will come!
Don’t forget to speak to your insurance provider to see if you have proper coverage in place or to see if there are any discounts or savings that may be available.
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