Updated October 5, 2018
Atlas Property Management Team
Fall is a special time of year; the changing season bringing cooler weather and an array of beautiful colors. As the days get shorter and the temperature changes, it’s important to get your property ready for the new season.
Included below are our top Fall home maintenance tips.
- Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test your detectors every month.
- Change your furnace filters. Having an efficient furnace will help lower your energy costs. It is necessary to do this at least one time every two months. Ideally attempt to change the filter every month for optimal performance.
- Set your thermostat. Keep your heaters set to a minimum of 50° F at all times. If you plan to leave for an extended period of time over the holidays, check your settings and remember to never turn your thermostat to the off position. Note: At Atlas managed properties, kerosene heaters are not permitted on the property, as per the lease.
- Inspect your water heater. Look for signs of rust or leaks and contact us immediately if you see any of these warning signs.
- Clean the gutters and downspouts. Remove fall leaves and debris from the gutters and downspouts to assure water can properly flow off of your roof and away from the homes foundation.
- Disconnect the waterline on your evaporative cooler. If your home is equipped with an evaporative cooler (swamp cooler) the waterline to the unit will need to be disconnected. Note: Atlas residents please contact your property manager to do this for you. You are responsible for any damages caused by frozen water lines so please be sure to address this if it has not already been scheduled with you.
- Disconnect and store gardening hoses. It is important that all hoses around your property are disconnected from their spigots to prevent freezing.
- Winterize your sprinkler system. Immediate damage can occur to exposed pipes and sprinkler equipment with the first freeze of winter. Further damage can occur with extended freezing temperatures, so winterization is a must. Note: Atlas residents please notify your property manager immediately and they will schedule the winterization.
Additional Money Saving Tips:
- Use the natural light from sunny skies to the benefit of your home. Keeping blinds open during the day can help heat the house and lower your energy costs.
- Dark colors absorb more heat than lighter colors. Consider changing to darker colored bed sheets and fabrics around the house.
- Consider running the dishwasher or cooking during the colder times of the day to let the ambient heat help warm up the house. (However, never use the stove/oven solely to heat the house)
- Dress for the weather! Wearing thicker socks and additional layers as well as snuggling in a nice blanket will let you keep the heater on a lower setting while staying comfortable.