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fall home maintenancePreventative maintenance is never completely done. You should do it regularly to keep the HVAC system running at a high efficiency and to prevent major breakdowns. Many homeowners find it more convenient to schedule maintenance in the fall before the winter.

Seal Air Leaks

Even if you sealed leaks last year, it’s possible for new ones to form. Check around doors and windows, as well as anywhere that plumbing or electrical equipment leaves the home. If you find leaks, seal them with caulking or weatherstripping.

Conduct an Energy Audit

You can do a simple audit by yourself, but the small fee for a professional auditor is often worth it. Consider bringing in a professional to perform a blower door test, which will reveal significant leaks that you may have missed on your own. An HVAC professional can also use infrared equipment to take a look at the state of insulation throughout your home.

Clean and Check the Vents

Keeping the vents of the duct system open is necessary for optimal airflow. When airflow is blocked, it’s possible for moisture to accumulate, and mold growth to follow. Clean vents with a vacuum to suck up any dust or debris, and ensure that all vents are open.

Check the Crawl Space for Mold

Your home’s crawl space can trap moisture, providing optimal conditions for mold to grow in. Check for early signs of mold growth or high moisture.

Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts

When water is backed up in downspouts or gutters, many problems can arise in the winter. Water can freeze, which will expand and potentially damage gutters. It can also cause snow to get trapped on the roof, leading to ice dams that cause many problems.

If you need professional fall home maintenance help for your Amarillo home, contact the professionals at Grizzle Heating & Air.

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