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Love the Season, But Don’t Make These Fall Mistakes.

Crisp autumn days practically beg us to get outside and enjoy everything the season offers. But in doing so, we may forget that our homes need a little TLC to prep for the cold winter months ahead. So, before you head for the pumpkin patch, apple orchard, or take a scenic foliage drive, take care of your home by tackling essential tasks and avoiding these common mistakes.

Switch to High-Efficiency Light Bulbs

Shorter daylight hours mean longer stretches of time with the lights on. To compensate for the change, swap out your incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient LEDs or CFLs. You’ll spend a little more per light bulb, but because they last longer and use less energy, you’ll soon recoup the investment.

Pressure Wash the Exterior

Fall is a great time to wash away the dirt and grime that has built up on your siding – but be careful not to blast the water at max force. Doing so can damage siding and shingles, peel away paint, and even force water underneath the exterior.

Seal Gaps and Cracks

Cracks and gaps around windows and exterior doors can account for massive amounts of heat loss.  Keep that warm air in by sealing or caulking wherever needed, but make sure to thoroughly scrape away all old caulk and wash the area with a degreasing agent. Once dry, carefully apply new caulk following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Don’t Neglect Furnace Filters

A clean furnace filter improves indoor air quality and helps your heating system run more efficiently. During the heating season, most filters should be replaced every 6 to 8 weeks, but if your home is prone to dust, if you have pets that shed, or if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, replace the filter more often.

Beware of Creosote

Nothing dissolves the chill of winter like snuggling up in front of a crackling fire. But failing to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned could put your family and home at risk of a chimney fire.

Layer on the Insulation

An appropriate amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in the cold weather months, thereby conserving energy and taking some of the pressure off your heating system. Whether you’re adding batt or blow-in insulation, be sure to keep soffit vents clear to maintain the flow of fresh air in your attic.

Another not just good, but essential idea is to have your heating system tuned-up and inspected – a specialty of the house here at C&D Cooling & Heating. Annual preventive maintenance enables your system to operate at peak efficiency which, in turn, leads to fewer repairs, longer equipment life, and lower energy bills. Contact us today to schedule service.  It’s a great fall thing to do.