Is Your Home Prepared for Fall?
It's hard to believe that fall is actually here with Atlanta's warm temperatures! While you are preparing yourself for all the fun fall activities, you should also make sure that your home is prepared for the cooler weather that is inevitable. We've put together a list of the some of the most important tips and recommendations to ensure that your home is ready for heating season and winter hibernation!
- Check your gutters. You want to make sure the gutters and downspouts are free from any accumulating debris.
- Inspect your roof. If you are afraid of heights you can always use binoculars to check for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles.
- Disconnect water hoses from faucets. Make sure to drain and bring your water hoses inside, to prevent any freezing and damage to your home.
- Inspect any surrounding trees. You want to make sure that any dead and hanging branches are trimmed and dead trees are cut down to help prevent and possible damage.
- Clean the dryer exhaust duct. Remove any lint, dust, and pieces of debris that could block the exhaust of the system. This restricts air flow and poses a fire hazard.
- Check your fire extinguisher. They should be regularly maintained for proper operation and checked for expiration.
- Have your fireplace inspected. Having a professional inspect and repair your fireplace will help prevent any chimney fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Heat rises! Checking proper attic insulation. Without proper insulation, your heat is escaping which will increase your utility bill.
- Checking for Drafts. Around doors and windows, feel for any drafts where your indoor heating can escape.
- Have your furnace inspected. The technician can check for efficiency, carbon monoxide leaks, a dirty air filter, etc. Performing a full inspection of the system is crucial to keep your HVAC system running and peak efficiency and extending the life of your system.
- Consider having a programmable thermostat installed. Having a programmable thermostat set lower during the day, when you are not home, will cut your utility bill by up to 30%.
- Test all safety devices. Check batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Your smoke detectors have an expiration date, and should be replaced every 7-10 years.
- Test your generator. Make sure that the generator is in working order and that you have extra gasoline. This way you are prepared for any emergencies that may cause power outages.
Please do not hesitate to call Casteel to schedule any of your HVAC, Plumbing or Electrical "to do's" to make sure that you are fully prepared for the upcoming cold Atlanta season!