PSLs are back… but is your house ready for fall?
Love them or leave them….pumpkin spice lattes are back in season and the leaves are beginning to change color. Fall is officially on its way. But is your home ready for fall and the change in season?
It’s time to focus on 2 key areas to ensure that you’re not facing any unexpected home repairs.
Inspect your home’s exterior.
- Clean your gutters. Clogged gutters cause overflowing water during rainstorms that can result in wet basements and damaged foundations.
- Inspect the roof for missing shingles and replace any curled or buckling shingles
- Check for peeling paint or loose siding, which can cause water damage or breakage under heavy snow
- Caulk around windows and doors
- Drain garden hoses and store inside
Conduct an energy audit.
- A professional home energy audit or assessment can test your home for air flow, leakage, and efficiency. Many older homes have insufficient insulation, especially surrounding windows and door frames. Tools like an infrared camera and blow door test allow technicians to pinpoint energy loss and diagnose how to correct the problem.
- Get a furnace checkup. Seek a qualified technician to perform an annual inspection of your heating systems, like your furnace, wood stove, or fireplace. Proper maintenance can improve efficiency and operation and, more importantly, check for leaks or malfunctions to protect your family from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.
- Purchase a programmable thermostat. For an initial investment of $50 to $100, you could save approximately $180 annually on heating (and cooling) bills by programming your thermostat to no higher than 70 degrees while at home, and no more than 62 degrees when you’re asleep or away.
Owning your own home can be a great investment. Be sure to protect that investment with proper maintenance. Preparing for the colder winter months now can prevent costly headaches later. And never hesitate to reach out to us to make sure your homeowners insurance policy is up to date.