As summer comes to a close in Mid Michigan and the kids head back to school, it means that fall and cooler weather is here. As a homeowner in the Lansing area, you know you need to prepare your home for the change in season. Here are a few tips for Fall:
Leaves and Gutters
If you have a lot of trees around your home, you know how important it is to clear leaves from your gutters. Leaves and sticks can clog your gutters, causing water backup and roof damage. Be sure to keep your gutters clean and obstruction free. If you do not feel safe enough to do this yourself on a ladder, be sure to hire a gutter cleaning company.
As the weather in the Lansing area transition from pleasant to unpredictable rain, snow and ice, make sure to keep an eye on the condition of your roof. Visually inspect it for weathered or missing shingles. Roofs can last from 10-18 years, depending. If your roof is getting older, it may be time to have a roof repair company out to take care of shingles before the nasty weather of winter hits.
As the weather cools in October, you may need to turn your furnace on to heat your home. It is critical for an efficient running furnace to have clean filters. You should change your filter in the fall so when your furnace starts, the motor runs with a clean filter.
Central Air Covers
If you have a central air conditioner unit, you may want to cover it. This prevents it from getting excessive leaf, ice or snow damage, especially to the fan unit. You may want to wait to cover it until late October, because we do occasionally see warm days in Mid Michigan and Lansing in the fall where you may want to run your central air.
Hopefully, some of these tips help keep your home running safely and efficiently during the up and down fall weather in Michigan.