While fall may look a little different this year with school-aged children attending virtual classes and many Phoenicians continuing to work remotely, maintaining the interior and exterior of your home remains essential. Get your house ready for fall by checking these tasks, including hiring a home inspector, off your to-do list before summer ends.
Do These Things Before Fall
Routinely replacing the filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units help improve system performance and indoor air quality. The most basic filters must be replaced once every 30 days. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter need only be replaced once every 90 days and can, according to the EPA, remove 99.97% of particulates as small as 0.3 microns from the air. That includes dust, debris, pollen, bacteria, and other fine particles. HEPA filters are a wise investment, especially as many people continue to work and learn remotely.
Check for Drafts
ENERGY STAR estimates that between 25 and 40 percent of your heating and cooling costs arise due to air leakage. You may want to consider scheduling a professional energy audit to discover all sources of leaks. You can cost-effectively address drafts around windows and doors through caulking and weatherstripping. These materials can be purchased at most any home improvement or hardware store to make improvements today to reduce your energy costs. Additional advantages, according to ENERGY STAR, include improved comfort and air quality.
Get the Gunk Out
Gutters are essential for protecting your roof, siding, and foundation from water damage. These are among some of the things a home inspector will check. Help make sure they can channel water away from your home by cleaning out twigs, nests, and other debris every six months. In Arizona, experts recommend maintaining them both before and after the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. The gutters may also need an occasional touch-up or hole repair.
Hire a Home Inspector
Fall is an excellent time to have your home inspected, especially if you’re planning renovations or buying or selling a home. A home inspector can identify any potential problems with the home’s major systems and structural stability so that you can make informed repair and purchase decisions. Most municipalities require these services during the permitting process for any significant upgrades or additions that you may be planning.
The Best Home Inspectors in Phoenix
Contact King Home Inspections at (602) 616-8502 to schedule an appointment for property inspection services. Our certified company only check two properties per day so that we can spend as much time as YOU need to understand your inspection. We will explain any identified issues, answer all questions, and show you the home’s inner workings. A home inspector will also provide you with a computer-generated report on the same day as your appointment. You can use it to make informed decisions, whether purchasing or renovating, about your house.