As summer is winding down and cooler weather is on the horizon, this is a great time to take care of some home renovation projects. We rely on our homes to keep us warm and dry through the colder and stormy months ahead. So, now is when we need to make sure our protective environments are sealed up well and functioning on all cylinders so that we are comfortable and safe. Here are 4 projects you might consider to prepare for fall.
Service Your HVAC System and Remove Window AC Units
It is highly recommended that heating and cooling systems be serviced once a year by a professional. This extends the life of your equipment and will help keep your home cleaner and more energy efficient. Have motors cleaned and new filters installed. Consider having forced air supply ducts cleaned as well. Leaves and dirt should be removed from outside AC condensers. Window AC units should be removed or covered well to prevent cold air from entering the house and warm air from moving outside. The Department of Energy offers some advice on sealing around AC units.
Add or Replace Insulation
Check the insulation in your attic floor and in the basement ceiling. If it is wet or deteriorated, or isn’t even there, replace or install it. Fiberglass batt insulation is affordable, but it is best installed by a professional with the proper protective gear. He or she will likely recommend that you lease a dumpster for proper removal of insulation. Energy.gov has some good information on the importance of house insulation. While you are at it, add insulation to electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls. Many utility companies offer free insulation packets. Seal openings and cracks around window and door frames.
Replace or Clean Worn Carpets
We tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in summer and can track in dirt and debris. This takes a toll on carpet fibers. If your carpets appear to be in fairly good condition, they can greatly benefit from a professional steam cleaning. This will help to restore the fibers and remove allergens. If carpets are badly worn or have suffered any water damage, take advantage of local sales on replacement carpet or have it removed and install a hard flooring surface. Again, your installer might recommend leasing a dumpster for hauling the old carpet away. If so, take advantage of this opportunity to deal with both insulation and carpet at the same time.
Tend to Roofing Repairs
The best time of year to repair or replace a roof is late summer. This is especially true if you live in an area that gets snow and ice in winter. Arrange for an inspection of your roof by a licensed and insured contractor and make any repairs before the weather turns so that you aren’t paying a premium if an emergency occurs during bad weather.
Maintaining your home is always a good investment. Small renovation projects are best tackled while the weather is still cooperating. Making a plan of action early on and preparing a budget is good practice. Research well and get a few estimates.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends Tri-State Disposal for those interested in cleaning up after their renovation project.