Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall is here - time to get your house ready for the weather change.

Image by paul bica via Flickr
September is here! The kids are back to school and leaves will start changing soon. It’s time to start getting your house all ready for autumn.

1. Have Your HVAC System Checked
Your HVAC system is one of the most important things that keeps your family healthy and comfortable in your home. It regulates the temperature and cleans the air you breathe. It should be serviced twice a year – once before summer and once before winter. Dust and dirt can collect around and in the unit restricting the air flow which can cause serious problems. Having it checked can help maintain it better – not only will this save you from having to buy a new system it’ll keep your family healthier in your home.

2.Clean Any Humidifiers
Fall and winter brings dry air into your home. You wouldn’t drink coffee if water sat in the pot for a month you really shouldn’t use a humidifier that hasn’t been cleaned. Vinegar is a great way to clean any problems from the machine. It’s a great way to make sure that the water vaper you breathe in doesn’t have mold or mildew lurking in it. 

3.Have Your Fireplaces Cleaned
There is nothing better on a cold night then relaxing in front of a fireplace with some hot chocolate. If you have a natural wood burning fireplace now is the time to have it cleaned out. You can prevent any problems with potential clogs or fire dangers. 

4. Check and Fix Any Drafts
The time to check for cold drafts is not in the middle of winter when you are freezing. Checking your home for any leaks now gives you time to fix them before they turn a room into an ice box.

5. Clear Out the Garage
Minnesota winters are snowy. Fall is the perfect time to clean out the garage so you have a place to store your car. It’s great for your car to have a warmer place and it’s great for you not to have to scrap your car every morning. Check your neighborhood for big item trash collection days. They usually happen in the fall. 

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