Preparing Your Home and Your Appliances For Autumn

Preparing Your Home and Your Appliances For Autumn

It’s time to dust off that storm door, bring it up from the basement haul in that patio furniture and find a dry place to store it inside. Meteorologists promise crisp days and cool nights that might turn out even cooler than planned if you fail to close those gaps between the windows and doors of your home. Summer is already a thing of the past, but autumn lies ahead as a season that draws all of us inward to our warm fireplaces and cozy interiors.

Around the house, turn off those outside water valves and make sure the water heater is operating as it should. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans and turn down your thermostat five degrees. This saves energy costs. Check out the control switch on your ceiling fan. Counter-clockwise the blades move air in a downward motion, which cools the room, but by running the blades clockwise, the air near the ceiling circulates, making the room warmer.

Reorganize your kitchen for the cooler months ahead. Clear the countertops and clean out those cabinets. Begin thinking Thanksgiving because before you know it, it will be here. Do you have all the baking supplies and utensils you will need for the holidays and do you have other supplies whose expiration dates have all but gone with the wind?

Your fridge needs an autumn makeover as well. Clean it inside and out and use one of those long-handled brushes to remove the dust, dirt and pet hair that cakes around the coils. Refrigerators last a long time, but they do need some TLC, just as your other home appliances do.
At the end of each season, any appliance in your home that requires a filter should be changed. This is an effective maintenance rule of thumb, as dirty filters are of no use at all. To maintain the life of your hot water heater, take the time to drain the interior to remove the sediment that gathers inside over extended use. In the same manner, your dryer’s laundry hose is a matrix for the buildup of lint and other thread particles, which can ignite if left unattended. Simply remove the hose from the dryer and use a vacuum to scoop out the debris.

Even with the tender love and care your vigilance provides for your appliances, something could go wrong because nothing except gold and diamonds lasts forever. Should you find yourself in an appliance repair quandary and live in the New York-Bronx or Westchester areas of New York City, the person to call is the Appliance Doctor. Anthony and his highly trained staff of appliance repair technicians are there 24/7 to answer your appliance repair distress call. You can reach him anytime at: 800 339 0353 or visit the website:

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