While you’re busy making sure that your HVAC system is ready to handle colder weather, don’t overlook the rest of your Orlando home. You can get your house ready for winter with the following home maintenance tips.
Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters need to be able to drain rainwater away from your home. This helps reduce the risk of leaks or water damage. When your gutters are filled with fallen leaves, twigs and other types of debris, they become clogged and prevent water from flowing through. While you’re clearing out your gutters, check them for signs of damage and make sure that they’re properly secured to your home. You might need to tighten the brackets to ensure that they stay in place all winter long.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks can cause you to use much more energy in your home, especially when you heat the house this winter. Before the cold weather arrives and the furnace comes on, check for air leaks around your home. Pay close attention to drafty areas, such as around doors and windows, and use caulking to fill in any gaps or cracks you find. Keep in mind that leaks can also occur around light switches, outlets and baseboards along outer walls.
Inspect Your Roof
Your roof should be in good condition in order to handle rain and wind storms during winter. Otherwise, you can end up with water damage in your home, resulting in costly repairs and an increased risk of health issues caused by mold growth. Check your roof for damage such as missing shingles or cracked tiles. If you can’t get up there on your own, have a professional roof inspection done and take care of any necessary repairs before winter arrives.
If you need assistance with sealing up air leaks or performing other home maintenance tasks during fall, contact Rinaldi’s. We offer dependable energy solutions and HVAC services in the Orlando area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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