HEATINGA routine maintenance check each autumn will help ensure your furnace is running properly and efficiently. Also, if you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable one to save money on heating costs.
WINDOWS & DOORS
In order to prevent heat loss, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Check the weather-stripping around windows and door frames, and replace where necessary. Also check for drafts and caulk both inside and out where necessary, to keep the heat in and the cold out.
It’s important your eaves are free of any debris such as leaves, dirt and sticks. Clogged gutters prevent the draining of rain and melting snow which could result in household leaks. Also, make sure your downspouts extend away from your house by at least five feet to ensure that water runs away from your house and not towards it.
While cleaning your eaves, inspect your roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. If your roof needs attention call a roofer to help you with the repairs or maintenance. Also ask them to look at the caulking around the chimney and air vents.
Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water. In most homes you can find a bleeder valve in the water line (inside the mechical room). Close off the water supply taps (normally in the mechanical room), open the outside taps then open the bleeder valve (in the mechanical room) with a container underneath to catch the water. This will ensure the water line to the tap is empty.
Make sure any overgrown bushes or trees are trimmed back away from your house and electrical wires. This will help decrease your risk of property damage and power problems.
We hope that you find this advice helpful? Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance with your real estate requirements.
Julie & Eddie.