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November home maintenance tips!

As winter quickly approaches, it is important to keep your home’s maintenance in mind. Now that there is snow on the ground, hopefully all of your exterior maintenance is taken care of, so let’s now focus on the interior. Follow these tips to ensure your home is running smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Get your boiler tuned and cleaned.

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As the weather turns colder and we start to use our boilers more often, it is a good idea to get them tuned and cleaned to ensure they are in good working order to run efficiently. Unmaintained boilers won’t be able to heat properly and cause your heating costs to rise. Your boiler should be serviced annually.

Check your smoke and CO detectors.

Change dead batteries in smoke and CO detectors and replace any old devices. Batteries can last 6 months to a year while a smoke detector may last 5-10 years. It is good to check your detectors at least twice a year and make sure they are working properly and not out of date. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have a fire extinguisher that isn’t expired.

Clean your dryer vents.

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The National Fire Protection Association says you should clean your dryer vent at least once a year. If you have a large family, lots of pets, etc. you may need to clean your vents more frequently. Not only does a clean dryer vent prevent fires, but it can also be more energy efficient. Clean your dryer vent at least once a year, and make sure you’re cleaning the lint trap after every use.

Seal any air leaks.

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Look for broken seals or air leaks. Often times door and window seals can get old and begin to leak cold air inside. Check light fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets for any seals that you can add or repair.

Check for critters

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In addition to looking for air leaks, check for holes in your attic or crawl space, fix any broken vent covers and seal around pipes. Not only can these let cold air in, but also critters that are looking for a way out of the cold.

Remove your window screens.

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Your window screens can trap moisture and cause ice to build up along your windows. Removing your window screens can get rid of condensation buildup and keeps your windows in good working order.

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