As leaves turn colors and nights get downright chilly, the changing weather is a reminder that this is the time to perform important annual maintenance on your home. Inspecting, repairing and sealing your home will ensure it can withstand the upcoming rain, wind and snow – which, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, will be plentiful for the Atlantic Seaboard this winter, along with unseasonably cold temperatures. Get your home ready with this fall home maintenance checklist from Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA.
Inspect and replace worn weatherstripping. A vast amount of air can escape through improperly sealed windows and doors. Weatherstripping is a cost-effective way to stop air leaks and save money. When installing weatherstripping, apply in one continuous strip so that the weatherstripping is compressed when the door or window is shut, but doesn’t interfere with operation.
Seal gaps around the home. Look at your home exterior closely for gaps where plumbing, air ducts and electrical wiring come through walls, floors, ceilings and soffits over cabinets. Don’t forget to inspect attics, basements and crawl spaces. Use caulk to seal any and all gaps you find. If existing caulking looks dry or cracked, remove it and re-caulk.
Get a furnace tune-up. Yearly preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician will prolong the life of your furnace, save energy and decrease health risks from carbon monoxide leaks. Some experts estimate that up to 75% of furnace breakdowns in the winter are due to lack of maintenance.
Check the roof and rain gutter system. Whether you do the job yourself or hire it out, roof and gutter maintenance is an essential fall chore. Problems such as damaged shingles, leaky flashing and clogged gutters can lead to extensive water damage over the winter that will be far more problematic than paying for repairs now.
Insulate plumbing. Insulate pipes in unheated spaces such as garages, basements and attics to prevent them from freezing and bursting when temperatures bottom out. Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain outdoor water supply lines.
Need More Energy-Efficient Windows & Doors?
If you think it might be time to replace your windows or doors before another harsh winter arrives, Renewal by Andersen® of Northeast PA is ready to help. For more information about window replacement and door replacement in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre or any location in the Lehigh Valley, visit us online or call (610) 355-4055 to schedule a free consultation.