Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Russ Whitney's Tips for-Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is a great time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Getting ready for colder weather means checking, repairing your home to withstand the upcoming rain, wind, and snow.

Taking these steps will not only lower your utility costs, but they will protect your largest investment, your home, from the unexpected weather conditions ahead.Here are some helpful tips that every homeowner should do.

1. Stow Your Mower
It's time to start thinking about how you are going to stow your lawn mower. Taking simple steps like putting your lawn mower into storage will help increase the longevity of your equipment.

2. Energy Audit
Performing an energy audit will tell you where heat is escaping, so you can correct the problem and save money on utilities.Seal the air leaks that you have identified by applying weatherstripping. Potential energy savings by detecting and fixing drafts will make your home much more comfortable.

3. Replace Windows
Before it gets too cold, replace your screen windows and doors with energy-efficient storm windows. Consider a proper storage space for your screen windows.

4. Check Furnace
Home heating systems that aren't properly maintained may be less than 50 percent efficient. A dirty filter will increase your heating costs and reduce the life of your equipment. It is important to check your filter once a month and replace or clean if necessary.

5. Install Gutter Guards
Homeowners overlook the importance of gutters, but they protect your home by diverting rain water safely away from your home.To prevent home issues like foundation and structural issues.Install a micro-mesh gutter protection system, will help cleaning your gutters when the leaves begin to fall.

6. Maintain Home's Exterior
Fall and winter are known for unexpected weather conditions, so to prevent any type of debris from falling on your home and producing serious damage.It is necessary to apply a layer of sealant to prevent weed growth and increase the longevity of these areas.

7. Chimney and Fireplace
Annual cleaning of your chimney is important to prevent dangerous chimney fires. Test your fireplace flue to ensure that it is tightly sealed when closed.

8. Test Smoke Detectors
This is a simple task for homeowners, but it is often forgotten about. Detectors should have a "test" button. Testing these systems is a quick, but very important test to perform.