Autumn Home Maintenance Tips
While the weather is still relatively warm here in Wisconsin, it's a good time time to prepare your home for a few months of snow, rain, and sleet! Here are six helpful tips to prevent damages to your home over the course of the winter.
1. Clean The Gutters: Make a point to inspect and clear yourgutters of leaves, twigs, and other debris a few times throughout the season. Clogged gutters, combined with overflowing water can cause serious damage to the paint and siding on a home. If the blocked water freezes, it can destroy the gutters, loosen shingles, and cause additional leaks.
2. Review The Roof: Look for missing or loose shingles, and fix any problem areas as soon as possible. The cold temperatures, combined with the destructive elements of rain, ice, snow, and wind could damage your roof and cause serious issues inside.
3. Check for indoor air leaks: Seal drafts in walls, windows, doors, and any other gaps throughout the house. Install weatherstripping and caulk any areas where air escapes. Doing so will give you optimal heating this fall season and help save up to 10% on your total annual energy bill.
4. Reverse your ceiling fans: While it may not seem like much, reversing the direction of your ceiling fan can actually keep your room warmer in the colder months by creating an upward draft that redistributes heated air from the ceiling throughout your room.
5. Get your heating system checked: Have your heating system checked by a licensed professional to make sure it's clean and working properly. This includes inspecting the filters, pilot lights, and burners. A clean, properly functioning heating system will save you lots of money and headaches in the future.
6. Clean your yard equipment: While you may need to keep the rakes and leaf blower out for a few more months, you can drain the fuel from other gas-operated equipment like lawn movers and chain saws. This is also a good time to pull out your snow equipment and make sure everything is working properly.