The Ultimate Fall Outdoor Cleaning Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

How often should you have your fireplace inspected and cleaned?

The National Fire Protection Association recommends you have your fireplace inspected and cleaned once a year.

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Annual chimney cleaning will:

Be sure to have your chimney cleaned every year by a professional sweep service, which will reduce creosote and debris buildup, reducing the risk of both accidental fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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

According to the United States Department of Energy, old and cracked window caulking is responsible for about 10 percent of heat loss in your home.

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

You can tell you have faulty caulking if you move a lighted candle around a closed window and the flame goes out.

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Caulking is useful for sealing:

Caulking will seal water leaks as well as air leaks. Prevent water damage by applying caulking around faucets, bathtubs and pipes.

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

The best time to re-caulk is when temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.22 degrees Celsius) and the humidity is low.

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

If you're like the average American, you will spend about $1,400 a year to heat your home (according to the United States Department of Energy).

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

Whether you clean your roof gutters yourself or hire a professional to do it, it's a good idea to wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees so you can clean out all of the leaves at one time.

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The best days to clean windows are _____ ones.

It's best to clean windows on cloudy days. Cleaning windows on sunny days may cause soap and water streaks.

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

It's a good idea to change the oil in your lawn mower after every 25 hours of mowing.

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About This Quiz

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.

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