We’re in the midst of fall, which is basically a buffer season to help everyone get ready for the chilly weather of winter (yes, even here in California). During this convenient buffer season, there’s a list of chores you need to complete to ensure your home is ready to handle the season to come. Taking some time to complete this list will prevent you from encountering any unnecessary problems that could prove to be quite costly.
1) Seal the Envelope
The envelope of your home includes the walls, windows, doors, vents, etc. These are the pieces that separate the outside of your home from the inside. Therefore, if any of them contain any cracks, gaps, or holes — this will mean trouble for you.
The heat your heating system generates will escape your home, causing your heating system to work harder and run longer. This will increase wear and tear on the unit, decrease its lifespan, and raise your monthly energy bills. Not to mention the number of pests that will see these cracks, gaps, and holes, and use them as entryways to a warm new home for them.
It’s very important that you walk around the exterior of your home and inspect it for any damage. Repair siding, install weatherstripping on doors and windows, and cover any vents or openings.
2) Clear the Gutters
While California doesn’t see the same type of fall foliage and eventual fall cleanup like the east coast does — leaves, branches, nests, and other debris can still find its way into your home’s gutter system. These blockages can cause roof leaks and property flooding when it does rain.
Fall is the perfect time to grab a ladder, head up to the edge of the roof, and begin clearing out your gutters. All you need are some heavy-duty gloves, a bucket, a ladder, and maybe an hour of your time. That’s a very simple chore when you compare it to paying for a roofer to fix leaks or a landscaper to fix your property.
3) Insulate Your Pipes
When temperatures drop during winter, your plumbing is at risk. California stays relatively warm all year round, however, there are some nights where temperatures will dip down and your home can be in trouble.
To prevent your home’s pipes from ever bursting, you should install pipe insulation to keep them at a constant temperature. Doing so will also help prevent pipes from making noises as they expand and contract with the use of hot water.
4) Service Your HVAC System
Temperatures during California winters can be relatively cool (and some days relatively hot). Therefore, it’s important to make sure that both your heating and cooling systems are serviced and inspected for any faulty parts.
Doing so will allow your home to stay at a constant and comfortable temperature, and prevent you from having to deal with costly breakdowns or decreasing the lifespan of your AC system and heating system. If you still haven’t had your HVAC system serviced by a professional, our pros here at RR Electric, Heating & Air are ready when you are!