Fall is just around the corner. The leaves are about to change, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and you can feel that crisp chill in the air. “Fall” may have a different meaning for each of us, but one thing we all agree on is that it’s time to get things done around the house before winter hits. Here are five home services every homeowner should complete before fall comes knocking at your door
Insulate Your Attic
Insulating your attic is one of the most important things you can do to save energy and money. The ideal way to insulate your attic is by adding “R-38” fiberglass insulation up to the underside of the roof sheathing, with an additional 2% by volume ventilation air space in between. However, if you have a warmer climate and do not use your attic for storage, you may opt for spray foam insulation.
Seal Any Air Leaks Around Windows and Doors
Leaky windows and doors waste a lot of energy in the winter months. According to Energy Star, one cracked window can cause up to 26% of the heated or cooled air inside your home to escape. To ensure you are getting the most out of your HVAC system, it is very important to seal any air leaks in and around windows and doors with a caulk or a spray foam insulation kit. It might be a good time to settle any air conditioning repair services you need done as well.
Clean Out Gutters and Downspout
Fall is typically when most leaves begin to fall from the trees and land on the surfaces below. It is important to clean out your gutters and downspouts regularly to avoid clogging that can cause water damage from the inside.
Seal Off Potential Air Leaks in Electrical Outlets
There are several steps you can take to prevent cold drafts from seeping into your home through electrical outlets. According to the US Department of Energy, a simple step you can take is to add weatherstripping around the cover plate or switch out old outlet covers and use foam gaskets on new ones. For outlets inside finished walls, you can use plastic pop-in electrical outlet faceplates with a self-adhesive backing that fits into the opening of a j-box.
Test and Change Furnace Filter and Inspect for Any Damage
It would be best if you never forgot how important it is to ensure your home’s furnace works properly during the fall. It’s equally as important to change or clean out your filter regularly as it is to conduct regular maintenance. Be sure to check your filter’s pressure gauge and cleanliness as well, as they can both indicate whether or not your furnace is running efficiently.
These things can be done with your own hands and do not require any expensive contractors to do the job. By completing these tasks now, you can save money and energy in the long run.