Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Seal These Air Leaks to Save Energy (and Money)

With winter nearly upon us, now is a great time to think about making your home more energy efficient! Did you know that the average family spends a full third of their heating and cooling budget on air that leaks into or out of their house? In fact, sealing common draft sources is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy usage. Keep reading to learn about the 8 most common air leak culprits and how to plug them for good!

Fall Home Maintenance Tip: Caulking & Sealing

This is a good time, while the weather is still relatively nice, to walk around the exterior of your home with some color-matched exterior caulk.

Check around all the areas between the trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house.  Any places you find where the caulking has broken down or looks like it's going to break down, remove it and replace it with fresh sealant.  Follow the manufacturer's directions for the specific product you are using.

Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the most important of the fall maintenance jobs . . . not to mention the potential air leaks that may create winter drafts and waste precious energy.  

Don't know much about caulking?  Here is a helpful video from Gimme-Shelter.

Fall Home Maintenance Tip: Storing Your Mower

Before storing your mower for the winter, perform the following maintenance to ensure your mower is ready to start right up and run smoothly next Spring.

  • Clean the mower from top to bottom, and turn it on its side to clean out all the accumulated grass from the mower deck.
  • Add fuel stabilizer to the gas in your mower as well as the gas in your gas cans.  Fuel stabilizer prevents the gasoline from degrading and potentially damaging internal engine parts.  Then run the mower for 5 minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.
  • Remove the spark plug and pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole.  Then pull the starter cord a few times to distribute the oil to keep pistons lubricated.