Angie’s List: Fall Maintenance


As many as two-thirds of American homes are under-insulated, which means higher energy costs and less comfort for millions of homeowners.

With winter on its way, Angie’s List says now’s the time to take action  with your insulation and with other small, but essential projects.

A key to keeping cold out is finding out how it’s getting in. Caulking cracks is an easy task with the right tools.

This is also when you need to make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Get your chimney checked and swept; service your furnace and change the filter; and show some love to your water heater.

Angie Hicks, “Many homeowners don’t think about their water heater until it goes out and they get a cold shower, but there is some simple maintenance you can do that can really increase the efficiency of your water heater. Simply by draining the water heater once a year, you can increase its efficiency by 50 percent.”

One final tip: get a roof inspection. Finding and repairing minor damage now could save you big bucks after a long, harsh winter.

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