The warm weather lasts a long time here in the Coastal Bend area. But eventually the temperature dips, and it’s necessary to turn on the furnace or heater. As in other parts of the country, it’s a good idea to do some fall maintenance. Fortunately, you don’t have to get through your to-do list as quickly as those who live up North, where the snow can fly even before the leaves have fallen.
Your Home’s Exterior
- Check the outside of your home for cracks. Seal them with caulk. Inspect areas where two building materials meet and around doors and windows.
- Check your roof for damage and missing shingles, and make necessary repairs.
- Check gutters and downspouts. Clean out any debris, and make sure no sections are missing.
Your Home’s Interior
- Air seal your home. Energy loss from your HVAC system can have a dramatic effect on your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating and sealing your home can save as much as 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bills.
- Have a qualified HVAC technician inspect your heating system. Inspecting the system can identify problems before they become emergencies. Your HVAC tech should check the vent system for blockages, analyze the combustion gases, look over the blower access door, the grilles and louvers and the heat exchanger. He should do an amp-draw test on the blower motor and check the wiring for corrosion. He should also change the filter.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans. Do this after you’ve started using your furnace.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Use this opportunity to change the batteries in all the detectors in your home.
- Prepare equipment for storage, making sure to drain gasoline or add an additive to gas tanks.
- Organize the garage and store tools.
For more information about fall maintenance or to find out how we can help you with your HVAC needs, contact Mathews CCAC. We proudly serve homeowners in the Coastal Bend area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about fall maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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