Fall is in full force here in North Texas! As the weather starts to cool down it is the perfect time to get things done around the house before the winter weather hits. We want to make sure that our home owners are prepared for it by sharing some tips that will help keep each home running as it should.
1. Check your fireplace.
Wood burning and gas fireplaces are commonly used during the winter. Make sure that you do a visual inspection of your fireplace to assure that it is in good working order. We also recommend doing a test run during the fall, before it gets too cold, to make sure that it works properly and will keep you warm during the winter.
2. Clean your water heater.
Cleaning your water heater is simple and easy! You can clean it by draining it, allowing all of the water to come out. This gets rid of any build up and will prevent it from building up during the winter. It is recommended to clean it every 1-3 years, but because it is so easy it does not hurt cleaning it every year! Follow these links for a step by step how to on draining your water heater.
3. Clean your heating and air conditioning.
We recommend having your air conditioning and heating units cleaned twice a year, during spring and fall. This will help your family stay healthy and increase the life of your units. Getting it professionally cleaned is inexpensive and takes a short amount of time.
4. Check your roof.
When checking your home for maintenance, it is important to start from the bottom up. Take a look at your roof, starting on the ground, and see if there are any missing shingles or holes in the roof. And of course make sure that your gutters are clear of leaves and debris!
5. Check windows and doors.
Check all windows and doors to make sure that there are no cracks, leaks or air coming through the window sills or door frames. This is the easiest way to save on winter energy bills and keep your house nice and warm during winter.
6. Protect your hose.
To keep your hose from cracking, freezing and getting destroyed by the colder temperatures, make sure you completely empty and disconnect the hose from the spigot. If you choose, you can also bring the hose inside to keep it in pristine condition.
7. Clean out the garage.
Lastly, make sure that all unused gas in any equipment (lawn mowers, leaf blowers, edgers, etc) is removed and stored properly. This is something that can be easily forgotten, but by allowing the gas to sit in the fuel tanks, sediment can occur in the tank and potentially ruin it. Since it will not be used for months, fall is the best time to do this.
We hope that you have learned something new from these tips. Enjoy the brisk fall weather and stay warm this winter!