Taking care of fall home maintenance before the first hint of winter comes to the Panhandle puts you in a good position to reduce energy bills without sacrificing any of your comfort. These tasks also help your home weather the worst weather we might experience this winter.
- Inspect your roof for any missing shingles or problems with roofing tiles. Loose roofing materials can cause leaks that will damage the attic and its insulation.
- Remove dead leaves from the gutters and downspouts to help the rain drain away faster. When they’re clogged, water remains in them longer, setting the stage for problems with the fascia.
- Look over your home’s siding. If any is loose or you notice stucco cracks, repair them. Moisture can enter, cause mold growth and even damage the drywall.
- Inspect the condition of the attic. If your insulation is damaged or inadequate, consider adding more. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you have between 16 and 20 inches in the attic to stop the heat transfer year-round. Fiberglass batt and blown-in cellulose or loose fiberglass are affordable products that will cut heating and cooling bills. Many homeowners find both are easy to install. If you do the job yourself, make sure you don’t cover any of the vents that provide fresh air ventilation in the attic.
- Have your furnace inspected by an HVAC professional. The technicians will check the heating system for proper operation. They’ll check the vent, as well as inspect the wiring and measure for carbon monoxide. Ductwork leaks can drive up energy costs substantially and degrade indoor air quality.
- Seal around the exterior window frames with latex or acrylic caulk.
- Replace weatherstripping around exterior door frames if you can see daylight when the doors are closed.
The pros at Amarillo Air Conditioning can take care of the important fall home maintenance associated with your heating system. We’ve proudly provided HVAC services for Amarillo homeowners for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about fall home maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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