As October begins, the summer heat should start to subside and leaving cooler temperatures in its wake. Before the weather grows colder and wetter, homeowners should prepare by performing some routine home maintenance.
Roof & Gutters
Check for and repair broken or missing shingles. November marks the beginning of Southern California’s rainy season. Make sure your roof is ready by inspecting for and replacing broken or missing shingles.
Clean gutters and downspouts. Throughout fall, remove leaves and other debris from your gutters and downspouts. This will keep water from collecting on your roof and prevent wood rot or other damage to your home.
Make sure water drains away from your home. The area around your home should be graded away from your house. Downspouts should transport runoff at least 3 to 4 feet from foundation. Improper drainage can cause costly foundation problems.
Windows & Doors
Seal around windows and doors. Make sure you are keeping your heated air inside this winter by caulking around windows and checking the weather stripping around exterior doors.
Clean windows. Cleaning your windows is easier when the weather isn’t too cold or too hot. Cleaner windows also allows more natural heat from the sun enter your rooms during colder temperatures.
Open curtains and shades. Opening your curtains and shades during the day allows more sunlight into your home and more natural heat. This can help reduce your winter heating bill. But remember to close them again at night to keep the heat inside.
Change your furnace filter. This should be a regular occurrence for your heating and cooling systems. Check and replace your filter about every month. A dirty filter will cause undue stress on your heating system.
Your heating system has been taking the summer off. Before it’s thrust into action again this winter, get an annual tune-up from a trusted professional. Regular maintenance will prolong the life of your furnace and prevent costly repairs.
Consider a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you the ability to set your heater to turn on only when you need it.
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