As you get ready to say goodbye to the long summer days and hello to the shorter days of fall and winter, you may be wondering if everything with your home is in order for the switchover. Even though you’ve had most of your home improvements completed during the summer, there are a few fall home improvements that you may have overlooked. Check out some additional ways to make your home ready for the colder months.
If you think you’ve got a ton of work to look forward to, think again. All it takes is a little elbow grease, time and the right materials to make your home nice and comfy. Keep in mind that if you don’t do it now, you’ll end up rushing around to get it done at the last minute. Last minute changes can lead to unexpected complications that may interfere with your ability to prepare your home as necessary.
Siding Repairs for Fall Home Improvements
If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, check your siding. Inspect it for signs of cracks, holes, missing pieces and other damage. Damaged siding can affect your home’s efficiency. It can also provide escape points for your home’s heat and increase how drafty and humid it is inside. You may be able to get away with caulking up minor repair issues. However, if you see a lot of cracks and damage, you may need to have some major repairs or replacement done.
Check for Roof Leaks
If you can recall your roof leaky last year around this time or sometime recent, get it fixed. Don’t wait for leaks to become more noticeable because they can lead to mold, mildew and other problems. Getting your roof repairs out of the way now before the weather becomes rainy and windy can help you to avoid the rush and save more money.
If there haven’t been any leaks, you should still inspect your roof. Make sure the roof is not damp or too steep. If it is and you don’t feel comfortable going up there, hire a professional roofer. You should also use a magnifying app on your phone or a pair of binoculars to check the roof for missing and damaged shingles.
Get Your Heating System Serviced for the Fall
Call your heating and cooling contractor now. The sooner you call them to service your furnace for the colder seasons, the better your chances are of getting an appointment that fits your schedule and lower pricing. You should still take it upon yourself to replace your furnace filter. Clean the blower compartment out. Remove any dust and dirt you see accumulated on your furnace, especially near the filter and blower areas.
Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Seasonal Storage
Remove any window air conditioners you have. Wipe them down and pat them dry before placing them in a cool, level, sturdy and dark place for storage. Clean the outdoor compressor unit and wrap it up so that it stays dry and in good condition for the rest of the year.
Caulk Windows and Doors
If you haven’t done so already, seal your windows and doors. If the old caulking is bad, replace it with a new layer of caulk. You can also cover your windows with plastic. The windows and doors are the most common access points for drafts and energy loss. Replace your curtains with curtains that are designed to prevent energy loss and thick enough to keep drafts out.
Summer is nearly over, but with the right adjustments and fall home improvements, you can keep your home warm, cozy and comfortable without missing a beat. Learn more about fall home improvements and heating and cooling tips by visiting the M & A HVAC Services blog.