Now that the seasons are changing, it's time to tackle fall home maintenance to prepare for the onslaught of winter weather that's just around the corner. Conquering the following maintenance tasks can help you rein in energy consumption, increase comfort and protect your home:
- Improve air circulation – Seal ductwork to improve indoor air quality, maximize heat distribution and make sure that heating registers aren't blocked by drapes or furniture. Dust off ceiling fans and put them in reverse mode for the winter months
- Inspect the basement – Check for signs of pest infestations, and look for areas of dampness or standing water where mold can flourish. If you have a sump pump, make sure it's fully functional and clean out any debris from the pit.
- Maintain the water heater – Follow manufacturer's instructions to flush the tank and remove any built-up sediment.
- Spruce up the exterior – Scrape and touch up any areas of peeling paint to prevent water damage. Check the siding and trim and fix or replace any damaged or loose sections.
- Check out the roof – Look for loose, damaged or missing shingles that need repair or replacement. Be sure to seal gaps and crevices around the chimney flashing and repair any damaged or missing mortar.
- Inspect the gutters – After all the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts. Check for tight connections and secure any loose sections.
- Hire a chimney sweep – Have the flue cleaned to remove any accumulated creosote that could cause a chimney fire.
- Weatherize and insulate – Use caulk, weatherstripping and expandable foam to seal up gaps and cracks around exterior doors and windows, as well as around electrical, plumbing and HVAC penetrations. Minimize heat loss by beefing up attic insulation to a total of R-38 to R-60, which is the optimal range for our region.
- Schedule a system tune-up. Have your HVAC specialist perform a comprehensive checkup on the furnace or heat pump to ensure comfort, safety and energy efficiency.
For expert advice about fall home maintenance in Baltimore and the surrounding areas, contact us today at Griffith Energy Services, Inc.
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