The fall season is the time of year where homeowners will start to prepare their homes for winter. November is the last month before temperatures really start to drop, so if you haven’t started your home maintenance yet — what are you waiting for?
Seal the Envelope
When you turn your furnace on for the year, you want to do everything in your power to keep the warm air from escaping your home. Common areas for warm air to escape are through drafty windows and doors. If windows or doors don’t properly fit their frames you should consider adding weatherstripping or caulking. This will fill the gap and keep your precious warm air from escaping.
Service the Furnace
Your drafty windows and doors are now fixed, so now it’s time to switch focus to the furnace itself. In order for a furnace to efficiently pump out the warm air you expect each winter, all of its parts need to be working flawlessly. Hire a professional HVAC technician to clean, service, and repair your furnace. Doing this maintenance now will lower the chances of a furnace breakdown in the middle of winter when you need it most.
Inspect the Kitchen
Going outside and barbecuing each night is no longer an option, so your kitchen will now be used more heavily for cooking. If any of your kitchen’s appliances are malfunctioning, look to have them serviced before any serious repairs need to be made. You will also want to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. The combination of faulty appliances and a dead detector could put you and your home at serious risk for a house fire.
Before Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays arrive, make sure you have your home maintenance taken care of for the winter. When you need a professional HVAC and appliance technician, contact Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.