Life can be busy, especially during these hectic times, and home maintenance can fall to the wayside. With fall and winter right around the corner, now is a great time to get your home prepped for the changing seasons. Whether you live in a sunny climate or a cool climate, these tasks will help keep your home at its optimum efficiency for the months to come.
Inside the Home
Your home keeps you safe, and ensuring your home is ready for the fall and winter on the inside is vital to you and your family’s health and happiness. The tips below can help you ensure your home is ready for cooler temps.
- Clean air ducts to ensure HVAC system’s efficiency and to reduce dust and other particles in the air
- Check toilet(s) for leaks (check the water feed and tank bottom), ensure the drain is clear, and check the base seal
- Replace the filter in your furnace
- If you live in an area that has had a lot of smoke due to wildfires, consider hiring a professional HVAC specialist to ensure optimal performance and to clean your air ducts
Outside the Home
Ensuring your home is prepared for cooler weather on the outside is just as important as the inside. Use the tips below as a guide for how to prepare the exterior of your home for the fall and winter.
- Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window/door frames
- Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent energy leaks
- If it’s been a while, reacquaint yourself with the location of your home’s water shut-off valve and/or gas shut-off valve
- Ensure foundation vent screens are in good order to prevent critters from getting under your home; close or cover foundation vents to prevent moisture buildup below your home
- Clean gutters and downspouts – check gutters to ensure they’re not leaking
- Fertilize and reseed lawn to prepare for cooler weather
- Prune trees, shrubs and perennials
- Trim any tree limbs that are close to the house/roof
- Change out/remove summer door/window screens if you live in an area with freezing temps or snow
- Ensure pipes are well insulated for those living in cool climates
- Ensure your attic insulation doesn’t cover roof vents; to prevent winter ice damns on your roof ensure your attic is properly insulated
- If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, hire a professional to inspect and service the system to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning
- Now is a good time to get your chimney cleaned and to test the seal of your fireplace flue
There are many tasks that come with home ownership, and regular home maintenance is one of them. Before the weather changes, do all you can to ensure your home will keep you protected this fall and winter.