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Fall Maintenance Tips

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 by Polycorp

As the air gets crisper and the leaves start to change color and begin to fall, it’s important to prepare your Halifax new homes for the colder weather.  Polycorp recommends these fall maintenance tips to prep your home for winter.

Clean your chimney – If you have a wood-burning fireplace, conduct annual maintenance on your fireplace and chimney.  This will allow your fireplace to run effectively and efficiently.  You may also want to consult a local chimney sweep company to get a full inspection.

Gas fireplace – you may not have used your gas fireplace over the summer, in which case you’ll want to make sure the pilot light is lit, the batteries in your remote are working and there’s propane in the tank. 

Inspect your roof - Remove leaves, dirt and debris from your roof and gutters for protection from unnecessary weight and build up.  Also check to see if there are any loose or missing shingles.  Continue to inspect your roof for debris throughout the fall and winter months because it can accumulate over time.  Call a professional if you’re at all apprehensive about getting on the roof yourself.

Safety first - Have emergency plans set and review fire safety in your Halifax new homes. Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly and keep extra batteries handy.

Filters – Twice a year the filters in your HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) unit, if you have one, need to be cleaned.  You should also check your external dryer vents and clean out any lint build up.

Programmable thermostats – If you have any programmable thermostats in your Halifax new homes, make sure the batteries are charged, adjust the time to correspond with the switch from Daylight Savings to Standard time and make sure they’re programmed to suit your needs once you switch the heat back on.

Reverse fans - It’s no secret that heat rises. Once you’ve turned on your heat for the season, reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to help redistribute warm air from the upward draft.

Drain all gas-powered equipment - Gas left in equipment such as lawnmowers can cause fuel lines to clog up.  Empty the gas in the equipment to help prevent accidental spillage.

Turn off outdoor faucets – To prevent freezing of the pipes, disconnect your garden hose and drain water from the exterior faucets. 


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