We often think of spring as the time for home improvement projects, but don’t overlook the fall season.
With the kids back in school and holidays approaching, the fall lull can be your window to work on some home improvement projects that may have fallen by the wayside.
These home renovations might be smaller in scope than your spring repairs, but they still pack a big punch. They can make your home more comfortable to live in (especially during the cold winter months) and they can boost your re-sale value or save you money on your energy bills. Win-win.
Here are 10 home improvement projects we think you should consider this fall and beyond.
- Get a Home Energy Audit
A home energy audit can help you find cold spots where the caulking and weather stripping need to be replaced. They will also look insider your attic at the insulation. By sealing gaps and adding insulation where it’s needed, you’ll bring down your energy bill.
- Tune Up Furnace
Like most Canadians, we’re certain you rely on your furnace during the winter. Which is why it’s vital you keep it properly maintained. Maintenance from a qualified heating and cooling professional will keep your furnace running all winter. Plus, it will help extend its life span. The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) recommends your gas appliances be checked at least once per year by a professional technician.
Be sure to replace your air filters, too. Dirty air filters not only make your heating and cooling system work harder, but they also could be allowing contaminated air into your home that could cause harm.
Tip: call early to book your maintenance. Appointments tend to fill up fast!
- Clean Your Carpets
If you find your indoor air quality suffers during the winter, you might want to consider deep cleaning your rugs. Pet hair, dust, and other allergens can accumulate all year long. Your nose will feel it when the house is closed up.
- Clean, Repair, and Protect Your Gutters
Keep water flowing smoothly away from your house instead of into it. Inspect and clean your gutters. You can even protect them with mesh guards to stop blockages in the first place.
- Hook Up a Natural Gas Barbecue
Grilling season may be coming to an end (although there are plenty of people who use their barbecue all year round) but you can still take advantage of an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to roast. Consider installing a natural gas barbecue and reap the benefits all year long.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
Smart thermostats save you money, especially during the winter. Use less energy heating your home without sacrificing comfort. Programmable thermostats are more accurate and convenient than manual ones and they don’t contain mercury.
- Repair Your Fireplace
Even if it’s rarely used, it’s still a good idea to make sure that your fireplace can operate safely. A professional can check for improperly functioning dampers, damaged brickwork, missing or damaged flue caps, and more.
- Plant Trees
It’s easier on the root system to plant trees during the fall. Try planting a tree near (but not directly over) your outdoor air conditioner so it will be shaded from the sun.
- Consider Installing an Air-Source Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps are one of the most environmentally friendly ways to heat your home. They can work on their own or with an existing system.
- Eliminate Squeaks
Looking for squeaky doors, windows, and other hinges and give them a good dose of WD-40. Your ears will thank you!
HomeBridge Canada can help with any of your heating and cooling home renovations. We offer our services in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, Coldwater, Bradford, Horseshoe Valley, Alliston, and more.
Beat the fall rush. Book your maintenance now for AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER 2018 and save $20.00 on every piece of equipment worked on. Promotion includes furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, fireplaces, rooftops, humidifiers, and HRV. Contact us today to book your appointment!
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