Autumn is just around the corner . . . is your home ready for a change in the weather? Consider saving yourself time, money, and energy by taking a proactive approach to home maintenance. Check out these tips we’ve curated for the savvy homeowner:
Replace air filters
Has your air-conditioning unit been working overtime this summer? New air filters are a must! New filters ensure the air circulating throughout your home is fresh and clean. Best of all, they are inexpensive and easy to swap out—just make sure to check the sizes you need before heading to the store.
Refresh batteries in detectors
Homeowners are encouraged to replace the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house annually. Keep your home and family safe with this quick, oh-so-easy task. As a bonus, you’ll keep those annoying chirps that inevitably sound around 3 a.m. at bay. (Safety reminder: Be sure to test alarms monthly.)
Schedule a furnace cleaning
Want a toasty home during the cold months? Make sure your furnace is in tip-top condition. Annual maintenance costs are a small price that pays dividends in the system’s efficiency and reliability. A thorough checkup and cleaning also help to prevent unexpected (possibly expensive) repairs, not to mention an interruption in heat. Schedule an appointment today.
Tidy up the garden
When temperatures drop and plants transform from vibrant greens to brittle browns, it’s time to clean up landscaping spaces in preparation for next spring’s new growth. Here is a mini list to get you started:
- Pull all remaining weeds
- Prune plants for a fresh start in spring
- Refresh ground covers such as bark to protect plants’ roots
- Aerate the soil in lawn areas and garden beds
- Rake fallen leaves
Don’t forget to clean and stow tools when you’re done!
Prevent water damage
Chilly temperatures are a reality for Colorado homeowners. While you’re out skiing down the slopes or snowshoeing up the mountain, rest assured a dry, warm home awaits you by doing the following before the season’s first hard freeze:
- Remove garden hoses from spigots and replace with hose bib covers
- Drain the sprinkler system
- Inspect gutters and downspouts and clear where needed
- Insulate exposed water supply pipes in unheated spaces
Take pride in your beautiful house by Berkeley Homes! Taking a proactive approach to home maintenance is the savvy way to go. Implement these low-cost, high-payoff tips to protect your home this winter.
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