Get Your Virginia Home Ready for Fall With This Maintenance Checklist
With fall just around the corner, preparing your house for cold weather is essential to reducing your utility bill and protecting your home from the hazards winter may bring. Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more than any other home utility expense. Listed are some simple fall home maintenance projects that you can do yourself.
Fall Home Maintenance Tasks
- Insulation and air sealing – Make sure your home is properly insulated and that your windows are adequately sealed. Ensuring that your heat and air stay inside your home can save up to 10 percent on your annual energy bill.
- Furnace tuneup – Tuning up your heating system may also be a good idea when working on fall home maintenance projects. To do this, call a licensed heating worker and request a seasonal tuneup to ensure your system’s running efficiently.
- Fireplace – Cleaning your fireplace and wood stove and making sure that they’re in optimal condition can save you money on heating as well.
- Ceiling fans – After turning on your heat, reverse the direction of your ceiling fans with the reverse switch, and run it at a low speed. A clockwise direction will create a slight updraft, sending the warm air near the ceiling down toward the floor.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Change and test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and buy extra batteries to keep in storage. If you’ve been in the same house for more than 10 years, now’s a good time to replace the detectors themselves.
- Caulking – Caulk your windows and doors. If you can fit two nickels in the gap between your windows and door frames, it may be time to consider re-caulking them.
For more information about fall home maintenance, or any other home comfort issues, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited. We’re proud to service homeowners in and around Fairfax, Alexandria, Springfield, Arlington, Centreville, Reston, Burke, Lorton and Ashburn.