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10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do This Fall

Sep 15, 2017

There’s more to preparing for fall than getting out the rakes and prepping for the tailgate.

Don’t get stuck doing maintenance after the first freeze. Fall & Spring are the best times to do quick inspections & service to your property. Because honestly, who wants to inspect their HVAC system when it’s 110° or 32° outside.

Inspect Windows & Doors
Save About 1/3 on Heating Costs!
You may be able to reduce your heating bill by almost a third by replacing the weather stripping, door sweeps, and caulking drafty windows

Check The HVAC
Heating & Cooling Make Up 47% of Home Energy Costs
Have your furnace, heating system, gas fires and insulation checked and serviced professionally on a regular basis. Get detailed tips on fall HVAC Maintenance here.

Change out Filters
AC Units & Furnaces Need Clean Filters to Function Well
Most forced-air systems work better when the filters are clean. While some filters are advertised to last several months, people with pets or old houses with a lot of dust should change filters monthly

Consider Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Save $100 or More A Year
On average, installing a programmable thermostat saves homeowners $100 a year on heating and cooling costs. For every 1 degree your thermostat is adjusted, you can save 1% on energy bills.

Clean the Fireplace & Chimney
Reduce Your Chance of a Fire Hazard
Hire a professional to check and clean your chimney regularly. Each year, over 26,000 fires are started by fireplaces and chimneys from preventable causes.

Test Smoke Detectors
Spring & Fall are a Good Time for Inspections
Check and test your smoke detectors and replace batteries every 6 months. Make sure you have enough fire extinguishers and that they are in the right place.

Gut the Gutters
Our Favorite Part of The Season *eye roll*
Clogged gutters can cause water to seep into your roof causing rot, damage, and leaks. Also be sure to clear leaves from driveways (for safety) and street gutters (to avoid blockages). While you’re up there, be sure to check the roof of your main residence, as well as any barns, outbuilding or storage sheds you have on your property for leaks. If you find any trouble spots, fix them as soon as you’re able.

Winterize Pools
Get them ready for the cold ahead
Follow the manufacturer or supplier’s winterizing program. Clear them of leaves and use a heavy-duty cover. Chemical Winterization kits are available from local pool supply stores or with pool professionals and help keep your pool balanced through the cold months.

Review your Insurance Policy
Make sure your policy coverage is still enough
Do a quick inventory of any new items you have purchased this year, and consider any you plan to purchase in the near future. Christmas is just around the corner, and you want to make sure all those wonderful gifts will be covered. Contact your insurance agent to go over your coverage limits and discuss any coverage additions or revisions.

Enjoy the Season!
Fall doesn’t last long here in Texas.
Make the most of it! Take the kids to a pumpkin patch, carve a jack-o-lantern, make pumpkin spice everything, rock a tailgate, and enjoy a hayride! Read our full list of Things Every Texan should do this Fall and enjoy everything fall has to offer.

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