When I see the leaves in my Solon neighborhood starting to change color I know it’s time to start getting my home ready for another winter.
Here is part 2 of what I do:
- Caulk, seal and weatherstrip doors and windows where I noticed leaks in the past or where the weatherstripping is missing or damaged. If I can see daylight around the door or window, it needs weathestripping.
- Rinse off the outdoor unit of my air conditioner and make sure that no mulch is blocking its bottom drainage holes. Some people have a problem with icicles forming over the unit and damaging it when they fall. If that happens to you, you can put a piece of plywood with a brick on it to protect the unit. But make sure you don’t run the air conditioner with the wood on it!
- Clean off my roof and clear my gutters after the leaves have fallen. While I’m up on the roof I check for missing shingles or damage that needs to be repaired. I also make sure no leaves have piled up against the house where they can cause algae, mold or rot.
- Change my humidifier from summer to the winter setting (once I start running the heat). It’s a good idea to have a tune up done on the humidifier when the furnace tune up is done. Don’t forget to change the water panel (filter) also.
- Turn off the water to my outdoor faucets and open the taps to drain some of the water in the pipes. I usually do this when I put away my hoses so I don’t forget.
Everything seems to ramp back up in the fall. Getting started on my fall chores early helps me make sure they don’t get lost in the shuffle. If you have questions about preparing your home for fall, call P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been helping greater Cleveland homeowners since 1936.
Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
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