If you’re someone who always likes to make sure your home is in great condition all year long, fall should be a great time of year for you. The summer is oftentimes far too hot to deal with when it comes to yard maintenance, exterior repairs, or even indoor repairs if your air conditioning isn’t on point. As a result, fall may be the perfect time for you to lock down and get any projects done around the home that you hadn’t done the season before. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the top fall maintenance projects for you to take on this season.
Now is the time of the year to have your HVAC system checked. Many times, people will wait until winter to have this done, however, what this means is that you may have to compete with snow, sleet, and lower temperatures. While you’re at it, you should check your air filter and make sure it isn’t clogged up with dust and airborne allergens. Your air filter plays an important role in keeping your home’s indoor air quality in check and it needs to be clean in order for air to circulate easily throughout your home.
You should also be checking for general air tightness within your home. Homes that are not airtight will be inefficient and unsafe in some cases. For example, ice dams within your attic are partly caused by leaking air within your home and result in dangerous levels of moisture within your home. When warm air from the rest of your home makes its way into the attic, ice may melt and refreeze near the bottom of the roof. Once these icicles melt again, they could do serious damage to your home and lead to mold forming in the attic.
Check Your Windows
You should also be checking your windows this time of year, not just for airtightness, but to ensure there are no cracks and that they’re generally holding up well since last year. Since you may have had your windows cracked a lot throughout the summer, you may not have noticed any damage or wear on them. You should also be sure to apply caulk to your windows, ensuring they’re as energy efficient as possible throughout fall and winter.
Check Your Home’s Siding
Think of your home’s siding as the barrier that protects the rest of your home from the outside world. It affects not only your home’s energy efficiency, but its safety and appearance as well. Generally, your home’s siding and roofing are the two things people will see first upon looking at your home, so you’ll want to keep them looking nice all year long. At DJK Siding, we specialize in siding and window repair, replacement, and installation. If you’ve never replaced siding and don’t know where to begin, give us a call today and we’ll walk you through the whole process.
In the meantime, be sure to check out part two of our fall maintenance checklist.