Fall is Here!  

Here are some tips to do now to help save you money later!

 

 

To-Do #1:  Replace HVAC Filters

  • The air filter on your system needs to be replaced every 1-3 months (to keep the air in your home clean & flowing freely through the unit).
  • Use a high quality air filter—rated to remove mold, pollen & other microscopic particles.

To-Do #2:  Check Toilets for Leaks

  • Adjust Water Level in Tank:  If your toilet runs when it hasn’t been flushed, remove the lid & check the water level inside the tank. If it’s set too high, the water will spill into the overflow tube & cause the intake valve to keep running.
  • Check Flapper:  Put a few drops of food coloring in the water in your toilet tank, & allow it to remain without flushing for a time. If the water in the toilet bowl changes color without being flushed, the rubber flapper valve at the bottom of the tank needs to be replaced.
  • Check Flushing Mechanism
  • Check for any Toilet Floor Leaks
  • Check for any Toilet Tank to Bowl Leak

To-Do #3:  Caulk Cracks and Gaps in Siding

  • Small Cracks:  Fill cracks smaller than 1/4” w/ a bead of exterior grade paintable caulk.
  • Larger Cracks and Gaps: Before caulking, fill cracks wider than 1/4” by pushing foam backer rod into the hole until it’s just below the surface. Then, cover the backer rod w/ caulk & smooth the surface.
  • Holes and Large Gaps: Fill large holes & gaps w/ expandable spray foam in a can. Carefully spray the foam into the space, allowing plenty of room for it to expand. After the foam has hardened, trim it flush & paint or stain it to match.

 

To-Do #4:  Check Weather Stripping & Thresholds

  • Replacing damaged weather striping and thresholds can make a big difference in your home’s energy efficiency.

To-Do #5:  Install or Close Storm Windows

To-Do #6:  Clean Gutters and Downspouts

To-Do #7:  Winterize Gas Powered Lawn Equipment