As the weather starts to change (at least where I live) it's time to do some spot checks around your home to prevent costly repairs later and also to minimize your energy loss.
- Check your gutters, get them cleaned out, look for any holes or broken/ loose areas, better to do maintenance now than during the wet season.
- If possible, check your roof for any loose shingles. Be careful... only assume this task if you are physically able to handle going up a ladder onto the roof. If not, consider hiring a professional for an inspection.
- Check the seals around your windows and doors. Use caulk where necessary to fill any air gaps and reduce your heat loss.
- If you have ducting in your home, clean the vents and ducts if possible.
- Put away any outdoor furnishings that would deteriorate with exposure to the fall/winter weather.
- If you live in an area prone to snow and freezing temperatures, make sure you have outdoor faucet covers ready as well as a snow shovel and ice melt.
- Make sure you have adequate insulation around your pipes.
- Check your outdoor lighting, replace any burnt out lighbulbs.
- Be prepared for possible power outages - locate flashlights, batteries, candles and other emergency supplies. Organize them in an easy to find location.
- This is also a good time to test your smoke detectors and change the batteries.