Now that Labor Day is behind us and winter is around the corner, it’s time to ensure that your home is ready for cooler weather. Chilly fall evenings curled up in front of the fireplace will be more comfortable if you know you have prepared your home for the upcoming winter months. Here are some seasonal home maintenance checks to ensure your home is in peak condition.
Top Down – Depending on the age of your Dallas, Texas home, you should consider scheduling a professional roof inspection to check your roof’s integrity. Regardless of the age of your roof, clean your gutters of any blockages or debris and make sure they drain away from your home’s foundation. If you have a fireplace, get that checked and cleaned as well.
Winterize Walkways – Inspect your driveway, sidewalks, paths and porch for cracks or buckles, and areas where traction may cause issues when the weather turns wet. To protect yourself and others against slips and falls, call Eichelmann Insurance Agency to make sure your property insurance coverage is up to date.
Check Your Heating System – Contact your heating professionals to schedule a checkup of your HVAC system. Have an expert examine your wood stove, furnace or heating system before you need to rely on it. Include an inspection of your filters and ducts to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible. A typical maintenance checklist will include:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Tightening electrical connections
- Inspecting the condensate drain
- Checking system controls
- Inspecting and lubricating moving parts
Safety First – Before beginning your fall baking binge, make sure your home’s alarms and safety systems are working properly. Test each smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor, and replace batteries as needed.
Clean Your Yard – Cut back any branches overhanging your roofline, or shrubs that are close to your home. Remove any piles of leaves in the yard to discourage overwintering pests.
For more information about how to protect your Dallas, Texas home from winter hazards, call the insurance experts at Eichelmann Insurance Agency today. Our friendly and knowledgeable agents can answer all your home comfort questions and ensure your family has the insurance coverage that you need.