The change of season is a time to take charge and get your home ready for the cold months. By summer’s end, you should have begun the necessary steps to prepare your home and get it prepared for lower temperatures ahead. When your home is ready for the fall season, you are assured of safety and comfort for the rest of the year.
Fall Checklist To Prepare For The Fall Season
In this article, we discuss some essential tasks that you should incorporate into your fall checklist.
1. Call Your HVAC Contractor & Schedule A Heating System Tune-Up
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You will rely on your furnace to produce heat during the cold months. Having your heating system inspected will help identify any issues that need to be fixed in time for the colder months.
A yearly heating tune-up is also important to keep the furnace working efficiently and reduce the number of repairs that have to be done. Furthermore, annual heating maintenance enhances your home’s comfort levels and reduces your home heating costs.
2. Schedule A Heating Oil Delivery
Prior to fall, demand for heating oil is not as high. This is the right time to fill your oil tank to take advantage of the low heating oil prices. Call your local heating oil supplier, such as Point Bay Fuel, to get the best deal. By scheduling a heating oil delivery now, you can rest assured of having a warm home when the temperatures drop.
3. Schedule An AC System Tune-Up
If your AC unit has been working hard during the summer months, the coming of the colder months will shift the demand on your heater. However, before shutting down your cooling units, make sure to have them checked for damage, and get them cleaned.
You can perform some minor task yourself. Pay particular attention to the coils and make sure to wipe away any dust and dirt from the surfaces. Check the filter as well. If it hasn’t been cleaned or changed, now is the time to do it.
During the colder months, you might want to consider covering the outdoor components to protect it from ice and debris. This will help preserve it from the cold and other elements.
4. Clean Your Chimney This Fall Season
This is the right time to get your chimney ready, especially if you use a wood burning fireplace! Wood burning fireplaces create creosote that can become a fire hazard if your chimney is not cleaned on a regular basis. The best course of action is to have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional. If the chimney does not work efficiently or is damaged, it could put your house at risk. This is especially important if your home is an older structure. Call a professional inspector and have your chimney fixed and ready for fall.
If your home’s chimney is strictly used for your gas, propane or oil heating system, it does not fall into the same category as a wood burning fireplace. Your annual heater tune-up service will take care of all your chimney needs in this situation.
5. Clean & Remove Debris From Your Gutters
Clogged gutters allow rainwater to flow smoothly along the roof and away from the sides and base of the house. Clogged gutters are easy to clean – simply pick or sweep away the leaves and other debris. You could also use a leaf blower or hire a professional to do the job. The cleaning company can also inspect your gutters for cracks and damage at the same time.
6. Prepare Your Lawn For The Fall Season
The cold months can be brutal to the grass, trees, and plants. Before the fall and winter months, make sure the lawn is prepped to ensure that the plants make it through. Schedule the plants and grass for feeding during fall. This will provide the plants with enough nutrients to keep them healthy and sturdy. Adding mulch to the soil is also a great way to protect the plants, particularly the roots.
If you live in an area that experiences very low temperatures, consider taking vulnerable plants inside or placing them in a greenhouse. If the plants cannot be moved, consider placing some type of covering over them as protection against wind and low temperatures. Use breathable fabric such as cloth and avoid plastic or tarpaulin to prevent the sudden increase and decrease of temperature. Remove the cover once the weather improves or if it starts to rain.
Point Bay Fuel provides affordable and reliable heating oil deliveries and HVAC services.
We offer only top-quality heating oil to enhance your heating system’s lifespan. Additionally, we have various home heating oil delivery plans and different financing options so that you can customize your deliveries to meet your needs. Make sure you contact us to find the best prices for home heating oil.
Also, Point Bay Fuel has NATE-certified HVAC contractors on staff to help you when your heater needs repairs or maintenance. Our HVAC services aim to enhance indoor air quality and comfort. Likewise, our services can improve your system’s energy efficiency to help reduce your home heating costs. Schedule an appointment now by calling our office.