Fall is the perfect time to get all of your home maintenance and winter preparation projects done, even in DFW where the winters aren't usually extremely frigid. It is the time of year when things cool off and it gives you the best opportunity for accomplishing all you need to before the cooler winter months. And we all know how quickly the Texas weather can change!
Help get your home ready for winter with these fall maintenance tips:
1. Check windows and doors.
This is one of the easiest ways to save on winter energy bills and keep your house from getting cold. Make sure there are not cracks, leaks or air coming through the window sills or door frames.
2. Clean you heating and air conditioning.
Having your air conditioner and heater units cleaned twice a year- spring and fall- will help your family stay healthier and expand the life of your units. A professional cleaning is inexpensive and takes doesn't take long to do.
3. Check your fireplace.
Many people still use wood burning or gas fireplaces in the winter. Do a visual inspection of your fireplace to make sure that it is in good working order. Give it a test run at some point this fall, if you haven't already done so, to make sure that it will be functioning in the winter.
4. Clean your water heater.
You can clean your water heater by simply draining it. Allow all of the water in the tank to come out. This will get rid of any buildup that is in the heater due to sediment and will help prevent it from building up during the winter.
5. Protect your hose.
To keep your garden hose from freezing and cracking, if the weather dips below freezing, empty it completely and disconnect it from the spigot. Moving it inside is also a good idea to help prevent your hose from freezing and getting destroyed.
6. Check your roof.
Take a look at your roof, even just from the ground, and see if there are any missing shingles or holes in the roof. Hail damage is a common find on roofs in the DFW. Also, make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, sticks and debris.
7. Clean out the garage.
Make sure that any unused gas in equipment is removed and stored properly. Allowing the gas to sit in the fuel tanks can cause sediment in the tank and can potentially ruin the equipment. Since it may be out of use for a while, fall is a good time to do this.
Winters here in the metroplex can be a hit or miss when it comes to freezing weather, snow and ice. It is always better to be safe than sorry and everyone knows how quickly the weather can change here in DFW.