Important Fall Maintenance Tasks for Homeowners

Taking care of key maintenance tasks around your Streeterville-area home will prepare you for the upcoming winter season and increase your household’s safety and comfort. Addressing important tasks now will also enhance energy efficiency and lower your energy expenses in the coming months.

Draining and Insulating the Water Heater

Take care of your water heater to ensure you will be able to enjoy nice warm baths when chilly weather sets in. Draining your water heater and cleaning out debris will lead to better performance and help to ensure it lasts for many years as debris and minerals can cause malfunction. Wrapping your water heater in an insulating blanket will also help you to save energy.

Sealing Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors will let heat escape and create drafts, drastically reducing the energy efficiency of your home. Use weatherstripping around moving parts, such as the windows and doors. Caulk is also very effective for sealing cracks and other sources of air leaks.

Weatherstripping the Garage

The garage is often overlooked, but this entrance is just as susceptible to heat loss and can become icy cold during the winter. Add a barrier such as weatherstripping to the bottom of the garage door to create a stronger seal. This will also help keep small animals from entering your garage as they seek warmth in cold weather.

Scheduling Regular HVAC Maintenance

Your heating system needs an annual tune-up to stay in good condition. Professional maintenance is very important for prolonging the life of your HVAC system. During this visit, your HVAC technician will perform a comprehensive examination, and clean and inspect the unit. A typical check-up includes tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, and checking thermostat settings. The ideal time for this appointment is at the beginning of the season before you turn your heater on for the first time. Regular maintenance visits improve the efficiency of your unit and reduce the need for future repairs.

If you are ready to schedule your annual tune-up, contact Hollub Heating at (312) 829-8000. We offer affordable preventive maintenance plans to help ensure your home and system will keep you comfortable throughout the year.

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