As Fall approaches and Ski Season is on its heels consider some of the following home maintenance tips to keep your home in tip-top shape for the season:

  1. Perform or get an energy audit. Performing an energy audit will reveal where there are leaks in heat and can save you money on your utility bills. You can detect air leaks by seeing where the drafts are in your house. Once identified seal the leaks by applying weather-stripping or caulk. Potential energy audit can help to save 25% to 30% and will make your home more comfortable and save money.
  2. Replace Windows. Before it gets too cold, replace your screen windows and doors with energy efficient storm-windows and clean and store screens for easy installation in the spring.
  3. Check your furnace. Plumbers recommend checking and doing general maintenance on your furnace and fireplaces once per year, preferably in the fall. Home heating systems that aren’t properly maintained are less efficient and can reduce the life of the equipment.
  4. Maintain your home’s exterior. Trim back trees and branches that are too close to the house to prevent debris from falling on the house during adverse weather conditions. Seal driveways, brick patios, and wood decks – snow, wind, and sun are really hard on exterior surfaces.
  5. Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. This is an easy thing to do and can be done when the time changes. Change the time and change your batteries and press the test button to ensure that all detectors are in proper working order.
  6. Stow your mower if you own one. Sharpen the blade, remove the gas, and store in a dry place for the winter will help ensure that your mower works next spring when its needed.
  7. For additional tips on energy efficiency check out the following web site:

Whether you rent or home for the season, occupy as primary residence, or winterize for the season these tips can help keep your home in good condition and save money on utilities.

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