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How to Maintain Your West Texas Home and HVAC System This Fall

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maintaining your home and HVAC system is important if you want to live comfortably and prevent any large unexpected repair bills. Many homeowners find that fall is the perfect time for these jobs, with comfortable weather and no need to have the HVAC system running too often. Here are some important fall home maintenance tasks that you should include.

Home Maintenance Tasks to Try This Fall

  • Look for mold. There are certain parts of your home that are more likely to develop mold problems due to ventilation issues. In particular, visit and inspect the crawl space and attic. Look for signs of mold or moisture accumulation that could cause problems in the future.
  • Clean off vents. The vents in your home are important for consistent and clear airflow. If they're blocked from dust and random debris, it could lead to poor airflow and moisture accumulation. It's possible to develop mold problems in difficult to inspect and clean areas. To prevent this, keep vents open and clean them with a vacuum or damp rag.
  • Find and seal air leaks. Leaks can cost you big in the winter in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. On a windy fall day, try to find the leaks leading out of your home. Start on the outside looking for holes or cracks, and then move to the inside and feel around doors and windows. Most leaks can easily be fixed with caulking or weatherstripping.
  • Make sure roof drainage is clear. Gutters and downspouts can easily accumulate leaves and other debris over the summer and into the fall. Spend some time cleaning out any gunk so water doesn't get stuck. If water gets stuck and freezes during the winter, there are many possible problems that could arise.

If you need professional help with fall home maintenance in West Texas, contact an expert through Texas Air Comfort.

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