School has started and it won't be long that Fall will be upon us. The leaves will begin to change and the weather will feel a little cooler. With changes in the air, sometimes making some adjustments at home can save you money in the long run. Here are a few tips on Fall Home Maintenance.
Tune Up Your Heating System
Before you need your heater, ask a professional to come service your heating system. If something needs repairing, this may give you time to get it in good working condition before you need to turn your heater on. Regular maintenance checks will also allow your heating system to run longer with out major repairs. The cost for a check up can run from $80 - $100 but can save you much more.
Buy a Programmable Thermostat
You can find a programmable thermostat at most building supply stores or online. To get one installed it may cost $50 -$100 but according to Energy Star on average, you will save $180 annually on heating (and cooling) bills if in winter you keep the thermostat set to no higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and awake and no more than 62 degrees when you’re away or asleep.
Check Out Your Roof
During the rain and windy season, you never know if a tree limb or something knocked a shingle out of place. Replacing and fixing any damage or misplaced shingle can keep your home from cold leaks in the winter. It is much easier to repair a shingle in warm weather than on a roof with freezing rain or snow.
Caulk Around Windows & Doors
This is a very inexpensive and easy thing to do to help keep cold drafts of air seeping through the cracks of your windows and doors. Check window glazing and weather stripping around the doors. All can be fixed for less than $50 and your savings on power will more than pay for this quick fix.
Clean Your Gutters
If you haven't cleaned your gutters in a while, now is the time to do it. When the cold rain sets in you do not want your gutters to overflow and water come through the roof.
Drain Your Water hose & Sprinkler System
Water left in a hose or pipe can freeze and burst. Before the winter hits and you no longer need to water your lawn, be sure to drain all excess water.
Every year, you can do small things to keep big expensive things from happening. This fall prepare for those cold months and you will be surprised how much you will save.
By: Lori Cummings [email protected]