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Change of Seasons Coming

September 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Date 9-13-17

As I write this we’ve had a nice stretch of late summer weather with temps approaching the upper 80s.  I’m fine with that since August was so cool.  Plus showing homes are a lot easier than dealing with the cold and snow.  Now that I brought that up my mind was wondering today looking out my window at work enjoying the creatures running around in the woods.  I’m seeing something that makes me happy and sad.  The leaves are turning and we’re losing more precious daylight!  Such a beautiful time of year though with the fall colors and harvest time begins.  It pains me to say that Old Man winter will showing his head soon and another long winter season will be upon us.  SO…with that said, this great stretch of nice weather will give you time to start doing those big and little things before he shows up.  Preventative maintenance for your home is crucial and will save you money in the long run.  I’m going to list a few things that you might want to start working on to stay ahead of the curve.

1) After the leaves fall, pick them up so they won’t be an issue in the spring, especially in your gutters.  Also, disconnect all garden hoses and get that final winter fertilizer in so the grass has plenty of nutrients for the spring.

2) Check your windows and doors for leaks.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household spends more than $1,000 on heating and cooling costs annually. One way to lower your energy bills is to ensure that your heat doesn’t leak out as cool temperatures arrive.

3) Add insulation and close off the attic.  Still not sold on the benefit of attic insulation? Consider this: When hot air escapes from your attic, you put your home at risk for ice dams, which can be costly and nearly impossible to fix.

4) Upgrade to a smart thermostat. These devices can learn when it’s safe to lower the temperature and when to boost the thermostat because everyone is at home after a long day.  Also, have your furnace cleaned and inspected and be sure CO detectors are no older than 5 years

I know some of this sounds pretty common for us Minnesotans, but in our crazy busy lives these simple things can really add up dollar wise.  Your home is THE biggest investment you will ever make.  So take great care of it.  Now back to enjoying this great weather.

 

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