Fall in Nashville is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The comfortable temperatures make it a great time to get a handle on around-the-house maintenance necessities. So forget the end-of-summer blues and get started on some of these fall home maintenance tasks today.
Look Down Below
With summer rains coming to an end, this is an important time to inspect your crawl space and basement area for any standing water or mold growth.
Inspect Exterior Seals
Before you turn on your furnace, make sure to inspect all of the electrical, plumbing, and similar external-leading penetrations in your home. Be sure they’re well insulated where applicable, that caulking compounds are in good shape, and that any outdoor electrical receptacles are watertight.
Make Sure the Air is Flowing
This is a good time to check, vacuum, and thoroughly clean the dust and excess debris from your air conditioner, dryer vent, room fans, stove hood, baseboard heaters, and cold-air returns. Remove room grilles and vent coverings to really clean the interior air duct openings.
Check Your Insulation
No one likes paying for those high heating bills. Keep yours at a minimum by inspecting your insulation and replacing or upgrading any old materials. Inspect the caulking and weatherstripping around your windows and doors. Reapply if you see cracks or other signs of deterioration.
Change Your Air Filter
Change the air filters of your central HVAC equipment to keep control of dust, pollen, and other airborne debris.
Schedule a Maintenance Appointment
Now is the best time to contact your local HVAC contractor for an annual inspection and service of your HVAC system. He or she will be check refrigerant levels (if you have a heat pump system installed), lubricate any moving parts, clean furnace coils, and do a general check to ensure that your HVAC equipment is prepared to operate at its peak efficiency.
To learn more about other fall home maintenance tasks you can undergo, contact your local HVAC experts at Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning today.
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