Approaching Fall 2018

It is officially Fall this next weekend starting on Saturday. A clearer sign for me, is the annual Cumberland Fair starting Sunday September 23rd for a week, immediately followed by the Fryeburg Fair starting Sunday September 30th. And for you fans of the Fryeberg Fair, this places Monday October 1st as Woodsman’s Day, a great annual event, here in the great Maine Lakes Region Of Maine. With two of our big area Agricultural Fairs rapidly approaching on the horizon, you can visit the official websites for entertainment and schedules of events at these URL’s / Links:

Welcome to the 147th Cumberland Fair

http://www.fryeburgfair.org

With our weather getting cooler at night and our daylight fading earlier and earlier each evening it seems, it is going to be increasingly important to consider preparations for our colder weather season, that is also not far over the horizon. It will soon be time to remove window air conditioning units to conserve heat, with furnace and heating units now starting-up as the daylight each day keeps shortening. Make sure that your oil burning furnaces, your wood stoves, your pellet stoves, and all of your heating units are safe and in good running condition. Cleaning them now will pay you measurable dividends in lower maintenance costs and fuel savings.  If you have storm windows, it will soon be time for the glass to be in place instead of screens, and tighten-up any drafty areas such as doors, including your garage door if you have an attached garage.  Soon the leaves that have started to turn will be falling from the trees. My personal wish is that we will not have to start doing our Fall season yard work clean-up, until after we’ve had a chance to get out and enjoy some time at the area Agricultural Fairs with family and friends. Be thankful that we have recently been spared some very difficult weather that has way too much of our friends in the  mid-Atlantic Region now flooded due to Hurricane Florence.  Let’s get out and enjoy our delightful Maine Sebago Lakes Region this late summer and Fall!

Worthwhile Seasonal Efforts

Whether you are preparing your home for sale, or you are out looking at new property with us or others, or, you are a property owner reading this that is also feeling the change in the season, it is time to prepare our properties for the upcoming season here in the great Sebago Lakes Region of Maine.
One of the most important annual, or at least every other seasonal events, is maintenance to your heating system. Furnaces should be cleaned, all furnace and  fuel filters should be changed, and you should carefully inspect your exhaust path for any obstructions, birds or bees nests, making sure that your burned fuel efficiently and effectively exits your structure. These facts lead directly to protecting yourself and those you care about should anything malfunction in your heating systems.  Any old smoke detector should be replaced with new detectors that will sound in the event of fire, or in the presence of any carbon monoxide, also making an alert noise when the primary or back-up battery is approaching its need to be replaced.  Other efficient steps are to clean the sills in your home for effective shutting and locking of all of your windows and doors, significantly reducing drafts. If you do not have storm windows to put in place of your screens there are both indoor and outdoor kits available to install plastic vapor barriers to assist in lowering your heating cost and lowering additional chilly drafts during the upcoming heating season that typically runs into May each year. This gives us here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region a heating season from September through May of eight months annually on average, that will require heating at some times.
Taking care of the exterior and seasonal functions of your properties now in early September before much colder weather becomes the norm, will make your efforts both more effective, and more enjoyable, including garage door and all exterior door vapor barriers are easier to do when your fingers are not numb due to the cold.
Make it a great week!