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Time for Fall Maintenance Already? Plan Yours Now

The temperatures during the end of summer and beginning of fall are perfect for getting outside and completing necessary fall maintenance chores that will boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here’s a checklist so you can begin planning your maintenance schedule, before the weather starts cooling off.

Exterior Maintenance

  1. Roof. Have your roof inspected for loose or missing shingles that allow moisture to penetrate. Once the leaves are done falling, clean the roof and gutters so storm water will drain properly and you can avoid ice dams in the winter. You may have to do this intermittently throughout the fall if your yard has overhanging leafy trees.
  2. Seal leaks. Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks or gaps in siding, commonly found where the siding meets the foundation and around the windows and doors. Sealing any noticeable leaks with weatherstripping, caulk or spray foam will prevent heated air from escaping outside.
  3. Touch-up paint. Notice any blistering, peeling or chipped paint? Use touch-up paint for small areas, or consider having your house repainted for more significant paint repairs. This will protect your siding from water, rot and pest damage.
  4. Install storm windows. There’s nothing worse than installing storm windows during a storm. Install them now and use the opportunity to clean and repair screens.

Interior maintenance

  1. Seal leaks. Similar to the exterior of your home, you want to caulk noticeable cracks or gaps in walls, around windows and doors, or around exterior wall penetrations for electrical or plumbing fixtures. Don’t forget to check the basement as well to resolve any draft issues. Replace old or decayed weatherstripping on windows and doors.
  2. HVAC maintenance. Routine maintenance is the key to furnace efficiency. Have your heating system inspected before you need heat. If your system is older, and you suspect you need a replacement, your HVAC technician can make recommendations.
  3. Ducts. Have your ducts, grilles and vents inspected for any airflow obstructions, obvious leaks/gaps, or inadequate insulation. Your HVAC system efficiency will be compromised by any ductwork issues.
  4. Fireplace/wood stove. If you use a fireplace or wood stove, have them inspected to ensure the chimney/flues are clear of debris, that vents are sealed, and that inserts and/or doors are adequately sealed.

Please contact Ernst Heating & Cooling for more information about HVAC fall maintenance steps. We provide expert HVAC service to Edwardsville, Hamel, Alton, Troy and other southwest Illinois communities.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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