Fall maintenance for your home

Is your home ready for cold weather? These fall maintenance tips for your home will help get you ready for chilly temps, and help save money by making your home more energy efficient. Don't wait until something important breaks down before you fix it! Preventative maintenance is the key to saving money and keeping your home warm and comfortable during cold winter months.

Take one day to finish these fall maintenance tips for your home. You'll be glad you did!

  • Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows. If you notice any gaps in the coverage, make a quick trip to your local home improvement store for new materials. Keep all cold air out, and all warm air in your home with well-sealed windows and doors.

  • Replace your furnace filter before you even turn the unit on. A nice, clean filter will help air flow freely, and will put less strain on your furnace, making your home more energy efficient.

  • Have a qualified heating professional come and check your heating unit before cold weather hits. If you wait until you see noticeable problems with your heater, you may not be able to get someone to come out to check it out before it breaks. These individuals are much busier during cold weather, so get them out to your home now.

  • If you have a chimney, having a professional chimney sweep come out and clean out flues. Again, don't wait until the weather is cold. Do it now to save yourself time and money.

  • If you live where the weather becomes extremely cold, protect your home from frozen pipes. Insulate the pipes before the weather dips down to freezing temps. The more insulation you use, the less susceptible they are to freezing.

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The risk of house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during winter months, so make sure that your family is protected.

    By taking the time to complete the fall maintenance tips for your home listed here, you will ensure that your home stays nice and warm all winter long.

    This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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