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The Ultimate Fall Outdoor Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
If you'd like to get your home in shape for winter, we have five autumn chores that will make it easier to get through those long, cold winters and maybe save a little money on home energy bills, too. Check out our quiz to learn how.

How often should you have your fireplace inspected and cleaned?

  • every year
  • every two years
  • every five years

Annual chimney cleaning will:

  • reduce the risk of accidental fire
  • reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • both of the above

Old window caulking is responsible for about _____percent of heat loss in your home.

  • 10
  • 20
  • 30

How can you tell if your window caulking needs to be renewed?

  • Blow on the windows.
  • Hold a lighted candle around closed windows.
  • Hold your hand to the glass.

Caulking is useful for sealing:

  • air leaks
  • water leaks
  • both of the above

It's best to apply new caulking when the temperature is above:

  • 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.66 degrees Celsius)
  • 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.22 degrees Celsius)
  • 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.77degrees Celsius)

How much do Americans spend to heat their homes each year?

  • about $1,400
  • about $2,400
  • about $3,400

What's the best time to schedule your fall roof gutter cleaning?

  • in September
  • in October
  • when all the leaves have fallen from the trees

The best days to clean windows are _____ ones.

  • cloudy
  • sunny
  • rainy

How often should you change the oil in your lawn mower?

  • after 25 hours of use
  • after 50 hours of use
  • after 75 hours of use