Fall is here and now is the time to check your fall home maintenance checklist to see if your home is ready for the cooler months ahead. Below are some tasks that should be on that checklist.
There are some tasks you need to do to get your HVAC system ready for the upcoming months. These include:
- Replace filters
- Reduce your energy costs by installing a programmable thermostat
- Ensure flammable items are away from your heating unit
- Clean your heating system ducts out so it can operate more efficiently
Have a licensed heating contractor check your HVAC system to ensure it is properly serviced. Your unit will work more efficiently and have fewer problems when it is maintained.
Check your home’s foundation for cracks and apply some caulk in areas where wires and pipes enter your home, masonry meets siding and your door frames and windows to keep heat inside. Structure openings can lead to water getting in and freezing which is what leads to mold build-up and cracks. This can lead to ice and water damage. It’s important to check for these things before each fall season to save you from expensive repairs.
You’ll also want to remove screens and install doors and storm windows. Repair and clean your screens before you store them and store them in a dry area like your garage or basement.
Check For Leaks
Scan over your boiler and water heater and check for leaks. You will also want to check your water meter/main or well pump.
Do Some Fall Cleaning
Tune and clean your boiler, furnace and water heater. You should also do the same for your oven and range.
Seal Things Up
If you notice you have drafts coming in around doors and windows, seal them up to keep your energy costs down. You should also take a look at the insulation up in your attic too.
Garden and Yard
Store your garden tools away. Clear away leaves from your yard, plant spring flower bulbs and reseed patchy areas. Store your yard equipment for the winter, which includes emptying out the fuel from lawn mowers, chain saws, and other gas-operated equipment. Ensure your snow equipment is ready for your first snowfall.
Install a carbon monoxide detector or check one that you already have. Test your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and alarm system. Review and practice your home evacuation plan and get rid of things like newspapers which are a fire hazard.
Being vigilant about your home preparation is important. If you notice a problem, fix it now. Don’t wait until the issue gets bigger. Get the professional in as soon as possible. This is a good time also to check with your independent home insurance agency to review your insurance policies. You want to always ensure those are up-to-date at all times.