Pleasant Weather is On Its Way: Get Started on Your Fall Maintenance Projects!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Pleasant Weather is On Its Way: Get Started on Your Fall Maintenance Projects!

Yes, it’s been unseasonably hot the past couple weeks in the Granbury, Texas area. We’ve been happy to keep our customers’ air conditioners operating in tip-top shape this season.

Fortunately in the upcoming weeks, we’ll be seeing a return to the very pleasant temperatures of early fall. Highs will be in the mid-to-low 80s–perfect weather for getting all the indoor and outdoor maintenance done to prepare for a cold winter!

This fall is a great time of year to tackle your insulation projects–after all, who wants to be working inside attics when it’s 100 degrees outside? Check out our article on insulation to learn more about how it can help keep your home comfortable while reducing monthly utility costs.
So start taking advantage of the great fall weather to keep your home looking beautiful and feeling comfortable inside. As you tackle your projects, think of ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose to reduce waste.

To get you started, here’s a checklist for fall maintenance projects, and a helpful infographic for your year-round maintenance:

HVAC Equipment

  • Replace filters.

Yard and Exterior

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Clean window wells and check drainage.
  • Drain outdoor faucets and hoses.

Basement and Crawlspace

  • Check for wet surfaces or puddles.
  • Make sure the sump pump and check valve are working.
  • Check for signs of rodents, roaches or termites.

Exterior Roof, Walls and Windows

  • The cool and dry fall weather presents a great opportunity for painting inside and outside. Remember to properly store unused paint or take it to a waste collection facility for recycling.
  • Check and touch up the caulking around windows.
  • Check that your attic vents are clear.
  • Repair broken or cracked glass.
  • Clean the dryer vent.
  • Check that exhaust ducts are clear.

Plumbing, Fixtures and Appliances

  • Check the hot water heater for leaks.
  • Check the water main/meter for leaks or “sweating.”
  • Check the drain and supply line for leaks.
  • Check the operation of the bath and kitchen fans.

Appliances

  • Clean the outdoor air intakes and screens.
  • Clean and tune furnaces and hot water heaters.

Electrical Equipment

  • Check for damaged cords.
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Garage

  • Check on the storage of fuel cans.
  • Check the operation of the garage door safety shut-off.
  • Check for signs of rodents, roaches or termites.

Attic

  • Check for signs of rodents, roaches or termites.
  • Check for water damage.
  • Ensure insulation is in place–consider using insulation made from recycled materials.