4 Projects to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Fall is in full swing in Mesa, AZ, which means that winter isn’t far behind. In addition to pulling out the sweaters and putting on the holiday music, you will also want to think about preparing your home for the winter. In this post, we will cover some of the most important tasks that you need to tackle this fall in order to keep your family warm and comfortable this winter and prevent damage to your home.

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Though winter can certainly be a fun and beautiful time of the year, it is also an important season when it comes to home improvement. Below are a few of the maintenance projects you should complete before winter arrives:

  1. Tend to your lawn.

If you want to keep your lawn and garden healthy during the winter, you will need to do a little maintenance in the fall to make sure that your plants, flowers, and shrubs are able to breathe and grow through the winter. Start by cleaning up any debris in your yard and trimming shrubs, bushes, and flowers to keep them healthy all winter long.

  1. Clean your gutters.

Your gutters are important when it comes to keeping water, debris, and other buildup off of your roof. To protect your roof and prevent damage to your home’s foundation, it’s important that you consistently clean your gutters to ensure that water can flow through them. Take some time before it gets too cold to clean out your gutters and make sure that they are clear of any debris or blockages.

  1. Test your furnace.

As winter arrives and temperatures start to drop, you’re going to be using your heating system a whole lot more often. You will want to make sure that your furnace is ready for winter by testing it. To test your heating system, first you will turn it on. Then, listen for the heater to turn on and make sure that it brings your home to the temperature indicated on the thermostat. If you find that your heating system starts to make loud noises or emits a burning smell that doesn’t go away after a few minutes, shut your heater off and call a professional HVAC technician to inspect your system.

  1. Replace your heating system filter.

In addition to making sure that your heating system is working correctly, you will also need to change your heater’s filter. Your air filter plays an important role in trapping dirt, dust, allergens, and other indoor pollutants before they circulate through your home. Checking your air filter once a month and replacing the filter when it becomes dirty or clogged helps you maintain your indoor air quality while also helping your HVAC system run more efficiently. Check out our post on Arizona indoor air quality for more information about creating a safe and healthy home environment for you and your family.

Mesa HVAC Maintenance

If heating system maintenance is on your winter maintenance list, it’s time to call in the experts at Emergency Air Heating and Cooling. Our team of experienced and certified HVAC technicians know just what it takes to keep your Mesa home comfortable year-round. Contact us today to schedule a pre-winter furnace tune-up to make sure your equipment is clean and running efficiently when you need it most. Call today: (602) 400-0000.

4 Simple Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Are you a homeowner who is looking for a few simple and effective ways to boost your home’s value when it comes time for resale? If so, then you don’t want to miss this breakdown below, which highlights 4 of the most cost effective ways to increase your home’s worth.

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Planning 2017 Home Renovations: What’s worth fixing, and what can wait?

Whether you are a brand new homeowner or you have been enjoying homeownership for many years, one thing that people often struggle with is knowing which home improvement projects are priority and which can wait. In the ideal world, we would be able to tackle every project on our home renovation list, but the truth is, there just isn’t enough time and money to do it all. Use our simple guide below to decide what needs to be fixed and what can wait until later.

How to Prioritize 2017 Home Improvement Projects

As you make a list of home improvement projects for the new year, it is important that you prioritize which projects need to be completed first and which projects can wait. Here are some tips for prioritizing your 2017 home improvement projects:

Access your home’s needs.

Each home is different, and so are its needs. If you have a newer home, you may only have a few ongoing maintenance concerns or have a list of cosmetic projects you would like to take on. However, if you have an older home, you may need to start replacing appliances and repairing other areas of the home. Consider how old your home is and what will need to be replaced soon. These projects should take priority when it comes time to budget and plan for home improvement projects.

Safety and comfort should come first.

When choosing between two home improvement projects, it’s important to consider which contribute the most to your family’s safety and comfort. For instance, going without a working HVAC system can start to cause health issues, not to mention it can become quite uncomfortable for all involved. Though that wallpaper in the bathroom may hurt your eyes, it is not as pivotal to the health, safety, and happiness of your family quite like an HVAC system that runs smoothly and helps control humidity and temperature year-round.

Consider your budget.

Budget is an important concern when prioritizing projects. Think about which projects you can afford and which will have to wait until you’ve saved a bit more. Taking on some of the work yourself is a smart way to stretch your budget. Though you’ll certainly want to call in a professional when it comes to the major repairs and replacements, there are some projects that you can tackle on your own, such as painting or landscaping.

In the end, homeowners should use their best judgement to determine which projects need to be completed first. Safety, health, and comfort should be your top concerns when prioritizing home improvement projects. Those projects that impact your ability to live a safe and comfortable life should be taken on first. Elements of your home like your heating and cooling system can have a significant impact on your quality of life and can even start to affect your family’s health. If you are in need of HVAC repairs that just can’t wait, call us today: (602) 400-0000.