Fall is fast approaching, which means the end of summer and start of autumn. As the seasons change, some of us are sad and some of us are excited. In New England, we look forward to moderate temperatures and bright, bold hues as the leaves change colors.
As homeowners, the end of summer means fall home maintenance activities. Fortunately, it also means fall family activities.
End of Summer Home Maintenance Activities
Fall is one of the most important seasons for home maintenance. The end of summer requires different activities. Put away the lawn mower and sprinklers, grab the rake and start to prepare your home for winter.
1. Clean the Gutters (& Check the Roof)
Perhaps the most important fall home maintenance activity is checking and cleaning gutters. If eaves are clogged with leaves, twigs, and other junk heading into the winter, then you may experience ice dams and backups.
While you’re up on that ladder checking your eavestroughs, take a thorough look at your roof.
Once the snow starts to fall, water and ice can get under those loose shingles, which could cause leaks. And any leaks that go undetected could turn into mold that may develop in your ceiling and walls.
2. Inspect the A/C
Although the end of summer means you can stop constantly running the A/C, now is a good time for a quick check. Inspect the inside and outside of your HVAC system for unusual odors or sounds, which may be a sign of a leak.
If you find any sounds or smells, then contact a professional for a thorough inspection. Plus, a quality HVAC professional can also conduct preventative maintenance on the heating system!
3. Clean the Air Ducts
Air ducts get a lot of work during the summer. Over time, they collect dust, pollen and other allergens that circulate throughout your home. Prior to air sealing your home for winter, clean the air ducts to remove these contaminants.
Also, remember to clean the dryer exhaust, which is potentially a major fire hazard!
4. Seal the Windows
Air sealing and insulation are the best ways to keep your home warm in the winter. Conveniently, this is the best way to keep your home cool in the summer. If you experience drafts during the summer, the seal your windows. To test the windows, feel around each window. If you feel a draft, then start with caulk to seal the windows.
Also consider a home energy audit. At SolvIt, our team is ready and able to pinpoint the following during the check up process:
- Air leaks
- Insufficient insulation
- Moisture build-up
- Defective and leaking ducts
- Gas or carbon monoxide leaks
- Radon mitigation testing
- Ventilation problems
- Crawl space encapsulation
- Inefficient lighting and appliances
- Inefficient heating & cooling systems
5. Check the Siding
Typically, the fall and winter are brutal on homes. From the rain and snow to freezing temperatures, Mother Nature creates havoc on the exterior of our homes. Take a walk around your house looking for paint peeling, buckling siding or other issues with the exterior surface. Inspect the siding for holes, which may mean insect infestation, and mold, which may mean possible water damage.
6. Replace Furnace Filter
A great homeowner habit is replacing filters every season. At the end of summer, then replace your air filter. Clean filters improve indoor air quality and the efficiency of your home appliances.
Plus, as the winter approaches, you do not want any heating issues. Replacing the furnace filter also acts as a reminder to schedule preventative maintenance on your heating system. Many common heating problems vary based on your specific heating system. Your home heating system could be needing a repair for a laundry list of reasons including:
- Blower fan burnout
- Faulty wiring, blown fuse, or tripped circuit breakers
- Problems with your thermostat
- Clogged filter
- Ignition failure
- Leaking pipes
- Controls are not working properly
End of Summer Family Activities
We all love the summer sun and enjoy family vacations, but the end of summer means back to reality. Fall is fantastic season for family fun. From football tailgates to fabulous fall foods, the end of summer provides plenty of ways to bond with family and friends.
1. All Things Apple – Including Apple Picking
2. Sunday Drives Thru the Changing Leaves
3. Return of Football
4. Kids Back to School
6. Halloween and Haunted Houses
7. Pumpkin Picking
8. Play in Pile of Leaves
9. Fall Fashion Means Sweats
10. Fall Comfort Foods
From family fun to fall home maintenance, there are plenty of pros and cons about the end of summer. Fall provides a lot of fun, but winter is around the corner. If you have any questions or needs any help with your annual heating tune up, then contact SolvIt today!