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Preparing Your Minnesota Home for Fall Weather

Posted by Laura Landvik on Aug 7, 2014 3:13:38 PM

Fall Maintenance for Minnesota Homes

Minnesota weather changes in a hurry, so it's never too early to start thinking ahead to fall home
maintenance. Some things you can just mentally plan for at this point, others you can get on the calendar right away. All of them need to get done at one point or another. So here are a few items for your ‘fall maintenance to-do list’.Fall maintenance

Outdoor Projects:

  • Air conditioning units should be cleaned of debris and prepped for Minnesota winter. If recommended by your manufacturer, cover the unit and let it be until spring.
  • Inspect your gutters for problems or clogs. A good cleaning needs to take place and maintained throughout the fall season.
  • Roof/vents also need inspection. Make sure your roof is visibly in good condition (nothing is loose) and that nothing is preventing or blocking your roof vents from doing their job.
  • Drain your outdoor faucets, blow out your sprinkler system and put away all your garden hoses. Also know where your shut-off valve is located in your home, in case you have a water emergency.
  • Make sure your outdoor lighting is switched out with long-lasting energy efficient bulbs, so you don’t have to worry about poorly lit walkways during the winter.

Indoor Projects:

  • As always, clean the filters in your heating and cooling system and then make a furnace maintenance appointment now for a fall check-up of your furnace with a Minnesota furnace technician, like Carrier. You’ll be happy you planned ahead when the first heating day approaches and your furnace is ready to go.
  • Humidifiers and water heaters should be inspected too – for leaks or signs of corrosion. If necessary, schedule a humidifyer check-up or a water heater inspection for these appliances as well.
  • Smoke and CO2 detectors should be tested and new batteries installed. New batteries can go into your thermostat, too.
  • Fireplaces warm your heart and home – but is it clean and ready for a winter of use? Every few years your chimney needs a professional cleaning. Also, it’s a good time to stock up on your firewood, so you don’t run out once the cooler temperatures hit.
  • Air leaks can quickly take away the warmth of your home, so check your windows and doors for caulk or weather-stripping that needs repair or replacing, and get that fixed right away.

Enjoy the last stretch of summer – don’t fret about the cooler temperatures that are coming just yet! Have a plan, and prepare your home and furnace for fall maintenance projects for your home will get done in a timely fashion, with little worry on your part.

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