6 Tasks Every Smart Home Owners Does In The Fall

The temps are starting to drop; the smell of wood smoke is in the air. When temps are more chilly than warm, that's when veteran homeowners know it's time to do these six things if they want to avoid grief or over spending:

1. Buy appliances - Manufacturers bring out their latest models during the fall, and store owners offer big sales on appliances they want to move out - like last year's most popular dishwasher. So, the fall months are a great time to buy.

2. Switch the direction of ceiling fans - Most have a switch to allow the ceiling fan blades to rotate either clockwise or counter clockwise - one way pushes air down to create a nice breeze and the other sucks air up, helping to distribute the heat.

3. Clean windows - Clean off all the bugs, dust, and grime from your windows while the weather is still warm enough to do so.

4. Schedule a heating unit check-up - To ensure your family will be able to feel their toes all winter, schedule a service for your heating unit. As temperatures drop, service companies get busier.
 
5. Get a chimney sweep to inspect the fireplace - A professional chimney sweep will ensure your wood-burning fireplace burns more efficiently and will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter.

6. Insulate exposed pipes - The most at-risk pipes are often those in unheated areas such as attics, crawl spaces, and garages.

Source: Stacy Free

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