Fall Maintenance Tips
JFK Design Build’s maintenance checklist to ensure the long-term health of your home.
Ducts should be cleaned once every two years. Homeowners should
also consider adding insulation to any exposed ductwork, to reduce
heat loss and thereby reduce heating costs.
Before you light that first fire of the season be sure to have the
chimney inspected for animals, debris and leaves. We recommend installing a screen over the chimney opening to prevent these issues.
Check your weather stripping and bottom door sweeps for wear and gaps. Excessive wear can cause air infiltration resulting in higher energy consumption.
Clean Your Gutters
Clean your gutters & downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to backup, which eventually damages the soffits.
The ridge vents need to be cleaned at least annually to allow
the house to “breathe” correctly. When homes fail to breathe air can stagnate and create an unhealthy environment.
According to the EarthWorks Group, the average American home has air leaks that add up to a 9 square foot hole in the wall. For this reason, it's wise to inspect the caulking around windows and doors each year to check for any cracking or peeling.