Fall Maintenance

20 Green Home Maintenance Tips for a Fantastic Fall

Fireplace

Regular home maintenance is an essential part of being a home owner, and if you perform these duties regularly, they will reap long-term rewards for you as far as cost and satisfaction.  At Mosaic, we strive to bring you frequent green home maintenance tips as a handy reminder of how you can simultaneously preserve your home and help to conserve the environment.

Interior Green Home Maintenance

Ceiling Fan1.  Have a professional inspect your wood stove or fireplace to make sure it is in working order.

2.  Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to help bring warm air near the ceiling down.

3.  Check the insulation in your attic and add more if necessary.

4.  Wrap exposed water pipes and water heater with insulation.

5.  Install a programmable thermostat and learn how to use it.

6.  Replace your air filters to improve your indoor air quality.

7.  Make sure vents in all rooms are clear of dust and other obstructions.

8.  Install CFL or LED light bulbs as incandescent ones expire.

9.  Air seal your home.

10.  Replace worn weather stripping and caulk.

Exterior Green Home Maintenance

Raking11.  Clean your gutters and downspouts.

12.  Clean out garden beds so that they are ready for planting in the spring.

13.  Rake up leaves and compost them.

14.  Pressure wash decks, removing organic matter from the crevices.

15.  Clean and store any deck or patio furniture.

16.  Trim shrubs and trees within 3 inches of your home.

17.  Plant shade trees on the south and west sides of your home for summer shade.

18.  Plant evergreens on the north side to shield your home from winter winds.

19.  Drain and store hoses and winterize exterior water faucets.

20.  Have your lawnmower cleaned and serviced so it will be ready for spring.

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Seasonal Maintenance Helps Prep Your Asheville Home for Fall

Home Maintenance Fall Asheville

Cooler evenings in the Asheville area signal a seasonal shift is on the horizon, and while you may be ready for autumn and everything it brings, your home may not be. Here are some key ways to prep your home for fall so you’re not left out in the cold. 

Exterior

With the approach of cool weather, it’s a good idea to seal any spots where heat can escape your home. Caulk and seal openings around your home’s foundation, windows and doorframes. If you have storm windows and doors, now is the time to install them. Remove window screens where necessary, and clean and repair them before storing. Replace old or damaged gutters, considering ones that have leaf guards to prevent a pile-up of falling foliage. Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition.

Home Maintenance in AutumnInsulation

With Western N.C. temperatures dipping lower, especially in the evenings, now’s the time to inspect and upgrade insulation, and consider weather stripping for added protection against the coming colder days. Doors and windows that are weather-stripped will prevent drafts and heat loss. 

Water pipes

When water inside pipes freezes, the expansion can cause pipes to crack or, worse, burst. Check your pipes in the fall, before winter’s cold sets in. Don’t forget about exterior faucets and sprinkler systems: Drain water from them, disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators. Pay particular attention to piping in garages, crawl spaces and attics, where it could get colder, and consider extra insulation for these areas. 

Fall Home MaintenanceHVAC

Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners, and remove or wrap any window units. While it’s still temperate, have your furnace or boiler checked; clean or replace the furnace filter if you have a forced hot air system; if you have a working fireplace, make sure to have your chimney checked and serviced before use. As you settle into fall, have fuel tanks filled, and monitor levels throughout the season and into winter; never set your heat lower than 55 degrees, as the walls where water pipes live are colder than your home’s interior. 

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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