Yesterday marked the first official day of fall, and in Minnesota, that means it’s time to prepare our homes for the bitter cold ahead. This is also the perfect time to perform some routine homeowner maintenance. Use this helpful list of fall home maintenance reminders as you get your household ready for the seasonal change.
While it may feel impossible to prepare for Minnesota’s harsh winter weather, we can still make sure our HVAC systems are ready to keep our homes warm and cozy.
For safety reasons, electrical work around the home should always be done by a certified electrician. However, there are simple things every homeowner can do and be aware of to protect their home and know when to call in the pros.
Malfunctioning outlets are an inconvenience, and they also pose potential safety hazards for fire and shocks. Warning signs that it may be time for new receptacle outlets include:
While these issues may just require new outlets, they can also indicate bigger, more serious electrical problems that call for rewiring or a system upgrade. If you notice any of these warning signs, contact your local residential electrician ASAP for an inspection.
Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are clean and working properly – they should be tested weekly and cleaned at least monthly. And remember, smoke detectors should typically be replaced every 10 years and CO detectors every five.
Don’t take the risk when it comes to damaged electrical cords. Especially with the extra lighting and decorations used in the holiday season, make sure your cords are in safe, working condition. If you notice exposed wires or other signs of damage, replace the cord instead of trying to fix it with tape.
Fall is a beautiful time to give our air conditioners a break and enjoy cooler weather before the temps plummet. However, we also need to perform some regular household maintenance and prepare for the inevitable cold of Minnesota winters. Follow these fall home maintenance reminders as you get ready for the season change.
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