This article was posted on Saturday, Sep 15, 2012

Caulk Windows
Be sure to caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping.  Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs.  Openings in the structure can cause water to get in which results in cracks and mold build up.

Check for Peeling Paint
Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering.  Peeling paint is a sign that the exiting film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building.  Left uncorrected, the siding itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future.

Inspect the Roof
Make sure that the roof is in good shape.  Inspect for missing and loose shingles.  Rapidly changing temperatures, along with rain and humidity wreak havoc on roofs.  Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home.  ‘s better to proactively deal with repairs in
the fall than to discover a leaky roof in the winter.

Clean the Gutters
After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary.  Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

Seal the Driveway
Inspect your driveways for cracks and clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler.  Then coat with a commercial sealer.   Sealing the driveway now will help extend the life of asphalt through winter and beyond.

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Ready the Fireplace
Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor.  Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced.  Get your wood stove and fireplace in working order and examine their insert’s door gasket for a tight seal.

Reverse Ceiling Fans
Change the direction of ceiling fans to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.

Clean Your Humidifiers
Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season.  Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.

Cover Air Conditioners
Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners.  Remove units from windows or wrap the outside box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover to prevent rusting of vital parts.

Prepare Decks for Winter
Clean porch and deck furniture and look for any needed repairs.  Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecues in a protected area.

Reprinted with permission of the Wisconsin Apartment Association News.

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