Our fall season has been short this year and now that the colder days are upon us, we are here to share some tips on how you can prepare your home and property for the winter.
WINTERIZE YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM
It’s important to get your sprinkler system winterized. By blowing out the sprinkler system with compressed air, it cleans out any water that could have been left behind. If any water is left behind, it could freeze and potentially crack the pipes. To winterize your sprinkler system, it cost approximately $60 which includes turning off the system and flushing out the lines. This procedure is something we highly recommend. If you need a recommendation, give us a call and we can give you contact information.
MOW YOUR LAWN ONE LAST TIME
You want to mow your lawn one last time before the leaves start falling onto your lawn and the winter season comes. This will ensure easy pick of any leaves on your lawn and make clean-up so much easier. Not only will it make clean-up easier, but it will bring your hard, green grass back for the following year.
WASH DOWN PATIO FURNITURE AND TOYS FOR THE SEASON
After you wash down your patio furniture and toys, store them in a dry area such as a shed or garage. If you leave patio furniture and toys out during the colder season, it will wear down and won’t last as long.
CLEAN OUT GUTTERS AND DOWN SPOUTS
Cleaning out your gutter and down spouts will get out any clogs that could potentially cause some damage to your home or roof. This tip doesn’t take long but will help you out down the road and protect you from that potential damage and will keep them working like they should.
CHECK EXTERNAL DOORS
Installing weatherstripping will provide huge energy savings year round. They can make you feel warmer in the winter by reducing drafts. It also allows your HVAC system to work more efficiently. Weatherstripping comes in various options so make sure you look into what kind will best fit for your home needs. You can find weatherstripping at any local home improvement store.
CHECK DRYER EXHAUST TUBE
This one is important but is often forgotten. Cleaning out your dryer exhaust tube will prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, eliminate mold issues and extend dryer life. You want to check for lint build-up, debris and/or birds nests.
SCHEDULE FALL FURNACE INSPECTION
An annual furnace inspection is something we also highly recommend. An inspection will show if something is wrong with the system that may cause it to fail or run improperly. An inspection typically includes cleaning the heating system, inspecting controls, thermostat settings, electrical connections and more. This inspection costs anywhere between $60-$85 depending on your local HVAC professional. An annual inspection will prolong the life of your HVAC system and reduce energy bills.
REPLACE FILTERS FREQUENTLY
Along with your fall furnace inspection, it’s important to replace your filters frequently. It’s suggested to change them monthly so now is the time to stock up on filters for you HVAC system. Having a fresh filter will help improve indoor air quality through ventilation and filtration.