The days are getting shorter, the pumpkins are ready for carving and colder weather is coming into the forecast, which means it’s time to get your home prepared for the new season.
Start enjoying the pumpkin spice lattes and getting out the fall decor, but also check off these to-dos when it comes to preparing your home and the systems that make it run for fall.
Prepare Your Heater
The AC may still be running for a few weeks, but you won't want to be left out in the cold when it's time to use your heater.
Your home's heater is essential when it comes to keeping your home comfortable, and if it is not running properly or efficiently it could cost you extra money in repairs and on your monthly energy bill.
Be sure to replace your HVAC filters to help with your system's efficiency. On average these filters should be changed every two to three months.
Consider doing a test run for your heater to ensure its working properly and getting seasonal maintenance completed.
If your heater is having any of the following issues, you may need repairs or a replacement.
Loud or strange noises
Cold spots in your home
High heating bills
Yellow flames from your gas furnace
Preparing your heater doesn’t only include indoors. Be sure your outdoor unit is free of debris and the changing color fall leaves. Even the smallest piece of debris can impact your system.
Your heater is a part of what keeps your home cozy in the fall and winter, but there is also more to it.
If you have a fireplace, be sure to stock up on firewood, so when you need some you won’t have to run to the store.
Along with the fireplace coms your chimney. It is important to have a chimney liner in place to protect your chimney.
The purpose of these liners is to protect your home’s chimney from corrosion, excessive heat, and to optimize efficiency.
The sound of a crackling fire while you drink a cup of coffee or hot cocoa can make it feel like fall and winter.
Clean all the drains within your home.
When doing so, avoid chemical drain cleaners as they can damage the coding inside your pipes and are toxic to the environment and your household.
Professional drain cleanings can help remove buildup from food particles, hair, grease soap scum, and other debris. It can help prevent future clogs as well.
It may be time for a drain cleaning if your drain is:
Water is draining very slowly
A sink or tub is filling with water
There is a foul odor coming from the drain
A toilet is clogged or slow to refill when flushed
Once they have been cleaned, avoid pouring grease down the drain, use hair or food screens to keep debris out of the drain, and run hot water down the drains at least a few times per week to prevent clogs.
Bring Fall Indoors
Bring out the decor! Whether you love Halloween and it is time for spooky season, or you bring out all your ceramic pumpkins and fall candles, bring the feeling of fall indoors.
Decorating your home both inside and out can give it a whole new look. Maybe choose a craft to complete to decorate and remember to pack all the summer items away, since winter will be arriving soon.
Also, bring any outdoor furniture that may be damaged inside or into storage, so it can be used again in the spring and summer months of next year.
William J. Guarini Inc. is here to help install fixtures when you’re remodeling. Call us at (201) 205-2700 for all your plumbing and heating needs.