Autumn Home Maintenance: 3 Essential Monthly Tasks

Autumn Home Maintenance: 3 Essential Monthly Tasks

As the season shifts from summer to fall, your home will start to need special attention. Colder weather tends to sneak up on us after we’ve adjusted to the summer months, especially once we start losing day light. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a shifting priority list with fewer hours to get it all done.

Now that the kids are back to school and the holidays are nearing, use our list for the three essential monthly tasks when maintaining your home this autumn.

1. Maintain the home’s heater.

Depending on how your home is heated, you’ll have to make a judgement call on when exactly to turn it on, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard when this time comes.

Routinely change the filters in your HVAC system once per month, and remember to adjust the temperature settings if you have it on a timer. You may not need cooling or heating for many autumn days, and it would be a shame to have your HVAC kick on when you would be just as comfortable with the windows open. These systems also require a specialist to perform yearly routine maintenance. The beginning of summer is a good time for this service call, but if you missed maintaining your air conditioner in June, don’t put it off. An expert will clean the filters and coils as well as check for mechanical issues.

If you have a fireplace, be sure to clean the chimney. Creosote is a highly flammable residue that’s left over when you burn wood, and it’s essential that you sweep your chimney before you’re tempted by cold weather to light the first fire. These fires are very hard to extinguish and can be life threatening, so don’t put it off!

2. Adjust your lawn care.

The leaves will quickly change, and it’s likely that you’ll rake them on a weekly basis rather than monthly. With increased rain, check for any runoff that might be damaging your lawn as well. This could be a symptom of roof or gutter damage, so identify the issue early to reduce the risk of a leak in your home. (Select Home Warranty offers optional coverage for roof leaks.)

If you have outdoor storage space, such as a garage or shed, check that there aren’t any unwanted pests moving in as the weather gets colder. With night coming sooner, be sure to have your outdoor lighting set up; this will also help deter any animals. Don’t forget to use LED lights to save a ton on your electricity bill.

If your yard has a garden, November is a good time to dig up your annual plants, since they will soon die on their own. If you have perennials planted, consider laying straw over the bulbs to protect them until spring.

3. Clean the home while checking for window and door drafts.

Spot clean areas of your home including the bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and living room monthly. When you opened your windows on warmer days, plenty of debris is sure to have entered your home. Check under the furniture and rugs as well for any dirt that may have been dragging in by people entering your home.

While you’re in each room, check the weather stripping around windows and doors. As you get further into autumn, you might even notice a bit of a draft. If you can catch these drafts early in the seasons, you’ll save on your energy bill both now and later.

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3 Signs You’re Ready To Buy A Home

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You’ve done your research, you’ve saved up, and now you’re finally able to consider whether you’re ready to buy a home.

Since most people believe they’ll eventually become a homeowner, it’s easy to take this decision for granted. Before you buy, slow down and consider whether you meet the criteria to move forward with the next steps for purchasing your new home.

1. You’ve been approved for a mortgage and have your budget in order.

If you haven’t yet applied for a mortgage, then you’re not ready to buy a home. This is the first and most important step toward becoming a homeowner, and a lot of planning comes with it.

When you go to apply for a mortgage, you’ll estimate how much you can afford and will have a good sense for the type of home you should be seeking. You’ll also find out how much of a down payment you’ll need. These first financial steps toward buying a home are the foundation to your decision, so consider them very carefully and don’t skip the details.

After you buy a home, you’ll be locked into some large and continual payments, so it will be important for you to budget and plan exactly how much you’ll need for bills. There’s a difference between living a simple life to save and being able to budget specifically for bill payments. For some, this isn’t a major change to their lifestyle and just means having to track expenses more carefully. For others, serious planning may be in order.

2. You’re ready to settle down.

You don’t need to be at the perfect place and time to feel ready to buy a home, but having a free-spirited lifestyle can lead you to make some common home buying mistakes. Instead, ask yourself, “Will you have a steady income for the next five years?”

If you’re not sure of your answer – whether you’re unsure of your job security or intend to find a new line of work soon – now probably isn’t the right time to buy a house.

A significant other can help shoulder expenses, and in this case, you may still picture yourself as financially secure down the line. “Settling down” can sound as if you’re ready to get married and have children, but it’s actually a question of knowing you won’t be moving away or risking your source of income anytime soon.

3. You’ve narrowed your options.

Aside from knowing you’re stable and ready for a financial commitment, before you go all-in on a home, shop around. Don’t make any rash decisions at this point and compare each home carefully as you go.

A real estate agent can help you schedule viewings for multiple homes while communicating with current owners for you. This can be very helpful for home buyers, especially if it’s your first home buying experience or if you’re older and might have trouble keeping track of all the details.

Many real estate agents also suggest purchasing a home warranty from comapnies like Select Home Warranty  or continuing the existing contract on a home warranty if the previous homeowner had one. If anything were to happen to an appliance after the sale of the home, a good home warranty provider would be there to connect you with a network of service providers. After-sale disputes can be tricky, but this way, the home will be continuously protected.

To protect your home from appliance or system breakdowns, find the right coverage plan for you and get your free quote today!

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4 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Refrigerator

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For many, a refrigerator is the most important appliance in any home. Everyone in your house will quickly grow discontent should the fridge stop working. If you don’t fix it quickly, you run the risk of losing hundreds of dollars in spoiled groceries (or even food poisoning, if you don’t catch it soon enough).

Typically, when you’re having problems with your refrigerator, you’ll know it. If you have a home warranty, your best bet is to contact your warranty provider to set up a visit with a service technician – you’ll save a ton of money if the repair or replacement is covered under your plan.

If you don’t have a home warranty? Well, here are four signs it’s time to replace your refrigerator.

1. The ice maker no longer makes ice.

Your ice maker should frequently make a churning noise while it produces more ice. With all their moving parts, built-in ice makers are known to cause problems for homeowners – the problem could be anything from a broken augur to a defective water valve. Fortunately, a professional should be able to identify any clogs or mechanical issues in no time.

2. The fridge is sweating, either inside or onto the floor.

The seals around your refrigerator should be able to keep moisture out even during humid summer months. You might notice excessive condensation within the fridge or leaking onto the floor if there’s a problem. In some cases, there are DIY solutions where you can re-seal the fridge yourself, assuming you have the necessary tools. That said, we recommend placing a claim if you’re covered by Select Home Warranty so we can find the solution for you.

3. The coils are burning hot on the back of the fridge.

If you can feel intense heat coming from behind the fridge, then it’s a sure sign you need a technician to check it out. The coils behind refrigerators are insulated and might need replacing. In the instance of overheating coils, your fridge is not operating efficiently – even dangerously.

When this happens, get an expert out to your home right away. A technician experienced in refrigerator repair will be able to advise whether replacing the coils is worth it, or if a new refrigerator would be the best solution. The older your fridge, the more likely you will be to need a replacement.

4. Temperatures are either too high or too low.

Whether your fridge isn’t working hard enough and your food is spoiling or your freezer is over-doing it and leaving all your food ravaged with freezer burn, you should always be in control of the temperature.

If you’re having either of these problems and find yourself frequently throwing food away, it’s time to call an expert. The problem may be resolved with some simple maintenance, or you might even need a mechanical replacement for internal components like the thermostat. Either way, it’s best to contact a professional before it’s too late.

Did you know the right home warranty can cover mechanical issues with refrigerators? Learn more about what’s covered under a Select Home Warranty protection plan.

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How To Maintain Your Home’s Air Conditioner

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One of the most important aspects of your home is the climate and temperature. If you can’t keep your home cool during the summer, the best-case scenario is that you live uncomfortably. In homes with children and the elderly, the heat can become a serious health issue.

It’s important to learn the proper way to care for your individual home’s cooling system. In most cases, a breakdown can be avoided if the unit is maintained correctly.

The two common types of AC units.

Depending on the size of your home, you’ll likely either have window units to cool individual parts of your home or central cooling that cools throughout your home. A central cooling system has a lifespan between 15-20 years, while a window unit has an average lifespan of 10 years.

The biggest difference is that central cooling requires ductwork to connect components from the inside to outside the home. This is also the more expensive option and is best for large spaces. Window units are cheaper and best for smaller spaces.

Tips for taking care of your window AC unit.

When caring for individual window units, be sure to clean their filters. Most units require you to rinse and dry a removable filter. If you replace the filter before it’s dry, it could collect ice and damage the unit, so if you’re feeling impatient in the summer heat, try using a hair dryer to speed things up.

You may also want to use a cloth or vacuum to check for dirt and debris around the evaporator coils. This is a part of the air conditioner close to the filter and helps with air flow. The better you clean your AC, the less allergens you’ll allow into your home from outside.

Be sure to store your unit horizontally, the same as it would be placed in the window, or else you can damage the compressor. If an air conditioner is stored on its side, it likely won’t work come summer time.

In the end, most common problems – even with a window unit air conditioner – require help from an HVAC expert.

Tips for taking care of your central cooling system.

Most central air conditioners have a split system, which means there will be an indoor coil and an outdoor condenser connected by ducts. Some central air conditioners are actually HVAC units, which stands for “heat, ventilation, and air conditioning.”

For homes with central cooling, as the homeowner, you should be sure to keep foliage away from the outside component of the system so that growth doesn’t clog the grills. You should also check that the ducts in your home are sealed and not letting air escape. You may notice an especially high bill if your ducts are leaking.

You will likely want to have your central air cooling system serviced annually by an expert. The beginning of summer is the best time to maintain the central air conditioner. A maintenance technician will run through maintenance checks, including:

Changing filters
Cleaning coils
Maintaining the drainage system
Replacing the refrigerant

Just a few more AC efficiency tips.

In either case, whether you are caring for a window unit or a central cooling unit, setting the thermostat ahead of time will save on your bill. One study found that nearly 90% of Americans say they rarely program their thermostat. Take the time to review your owner’s manual and set it to go on during times of the day you’ll be home and to shut off during times of the day you’re either at work or sleeping.

If you have a home warranty and experience an issue with your home’s cooling, Select Home Warranty is here to shield your wallet. Submit a claim to let us know of an issue with your AC unit.

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