We’re nearing the end of July, which means autumn is right around the corner! It may seem too early to prepare for cool weather, but this is the perfect time of year to start thinking about all the tasks needed to have a successful winter at home.
7 Tasks to Prepare Your Home for Fall
Our team has prepared a list of essential tasks for you to either complete or schedule for future completion this season.
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection
Obvious signs of damage after a storm is something that can be easily spotted by anyone, but you’ll want a professional eye to check the more insidious signs of roof wear and tear. While most roofing systems are designed to handle the summer heat, the UV index being higher and daylight lasting longer can have a serious impact on the longevity of your roof.
Scheduling a roof inspection can help prevent easily unnoticed issues such as prematurely balding or loose shingles from resulting in big problems like a leaking roof and water damage.
2. Change the Air Filter
If you changed your air filter at the beginning of summer, it’s time to either switch it out again or plan to change it in the next month. Summer is one of the heaviest months for HVAC use, and your air filter filters a lot of air through it. A dirty filter makes your HVAC unit work harder than it should to bring your home to the desired temperature. A clogged filter also can’t filter out as many allergens and pollutants — which could result in discomfort if you or your family are susceptible to fall allergies.
If you relied a lot on your air conditioner or have pets, you’ll likely need to change your filter sooner rather than later.
3. Schedule Fall Furnace Maintenance
You should schedule HVAC maintenance a full season before you plan to use your heater or air conditioner to ensure everything is up to code and ready to go when you need it most. Take time today and schedule your fall HVAC maintenance with our team by calling (800) 717-1793!
4. Drain and Flush the Water Heater
Draining and flushing out a traditional water heater tank keeps your appliance running smoothly and increases its longevity. Read our step-by-step instructions on how to complete this DIY yourself, and contact our team if you have any questions or run into any issues.
5. Trim the Trees
Trim back protruding tree branches on a nice day. This helps prevent wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons from using the branches to get onto your roof and create homes. It can also help prevent roof damage from damaged or falling branches during inclement weather.
6. Seal Any Cracks
Check all windows, doors, even your garage door for any cracks. Sealing these cracks will help save energy by cutting back on cool drafts, but they can also help keep out unwanted pests that may seek shelter from cold weather inside your home or garage.
7. Clear All Drains
If you’re having any problems with a slow draining drain, now is the time to get it fixed. Fall brings many seasonal concerns with it, including:
- Clogged gutters from falling leaves
- Rich foods in the garbage disposal
- Heavy use of plumbing during the holiday season
Remember: store-bought chemical drain cleaners may work in a pinch, but they also corrode your plumbing pipes over time.
If you’re having problems with clogged or slow-flowing drains or need to schedule your fall heater maintenance, give Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling a call! Our professional heating and cooling experts and team of dependable plumbers can help you prepare your home for any problem in any season.