Ready to tackle your fall home maintenance checklist?
Fall is a beautiful time of year that brings with it colorful foliage, the start of the holiday season, and delicious seasonal food and drinks. But the fall also comes with cooler weather, and for your home this means maintenance. While spring might be all about cleaning, fall is the time to make sure your home is ready for a warm and safe winter. With these 11 items ticked off your fall home maintenance checklist, you can rest easy knowing your home is ready for winter.
Prep Your Yard
As temperatures get cooler, you’ll be spending less time outside, but before it gets too cold, you should get your outdoor areas ready for winter. Make sure to remove dead limbs from trees around your home. This removal will keep your home safe from falling limbs and prevent damage during heavy rains and winds. Plus, removing dead limbs will help keep your trees healthy until spring arrives.
It’s also a good idea to fertilize your lawn. Even though as winter arrives, you won’t be seeing as much of your lawn, a nice layer of fertilizer will keep it strong and protected during the colder season.
Put Away Hoses and Shut Off Outdoor Faucets
As temperatures cool down if hoses are left attached to outdoor faucets it can lead to water backing up in the pipes. If this water freezes and expands, it can lead to cracked pipes and exterior walls that will be costly to repair. To avoid this, remove, drain, and store your hoses and turn off the valves that are attached to those outdoor faucets.
Drain and Shut Off Your Sprinkler System
Underground irrigation systems can freeze too, so add your sprinklers system to your fall home maintenance checklist. Tick this number off your list by shutting off the water to your sprinklers, turning off any automatic controls, and opening drain valves to remove any stored water. As an extra step, shake off any water from your above ground sprinkler heads too.
If you don’t have drain valves, don’t worry you can have a professional blow out your pipes with compressed air. Hiring a professional will prevent costly repairs from frozen pipes come spring.
Create Optimal Drainage
A great addition to any fall home maintenance checklist is preventing excess water from soaking the soil around your foundation that can lead to cracks and leaks. Give the outside of your home a once over and make sure all the soil around your foundation slopes away from your house.
Prep Your Windows and Doors
To keep your home cozy and cut down on heating costs, it’s important to prep your windows and doors. If you use an in-window air conditioning system, your best bet is removing the system. But, if you need to keep it in, use insulating covers for the outside of the system. Check the rest of your windows and doors for cracks in the caulking, seal them up and add weatherstripping where needed.
Clean Your Chimney and Fireplace
Prepare your chimney and fireplace for the winter by making sure both are free of debris. Clogged chimneys and excess debris can lead to house fires, so keeping your chimney and fireplace clean will not only keep your home warm in the winter but safe too.
Change HVAC Air Filters and Clean Vents
Changing your air filters is one of the best things you can do for your HVAC system, and it’s one of the easiest too. While changing your filters regularly is important for safety and efficiency year round, a perfect time to make sure they’ve been taken care of is when you tackle your home maintenance checklist.
When you check and change your air filter, it’s also the perfect time to clean your vents by vacuuming out any dust or debris that’s settled in. With winter coming, it’s also a good idea to make sure that vents around your home aren’t blocked by furniture or other obstructions.
Get an Energy Audit
An energy audit will assess the current energy efficiency of your home and let you know of any needed improvements. These improvements can boost your home efficiency and cut costs on your heating bill. While having a professional perform an energy audit is more effective, you can also check out these tips from the department of energy for performing your own.
Insulate Your Attic
As temperatures drop a poorly insulated attic can put a heavy strain on your HVAC system, leading to larger heating costs and potential HVAC damage. A great way to lighten the load on your HVAC system and keep it running better for longer is by adding the task of sufficiently insulating your attic to your home maintenance checklist.
Check Safety Devices
With cooler temperatures and more heat use comes the dangers of fires and carbon monoxide leaks, so make sure to add checking your safety devices to your home maintenance checklist. This means checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replacing batteries if needed. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have backup batteries on hand.
If you have fire extinguishers in your home, make sure to check their expiration dates and replace if needed.
Check Your Heating Systems
This might be the last on our list, but it should be on the top of your home maintenance checklist. Having your HVAC system inspected is essential to ensuring that it is running efficiently, optimally, and safely. The fall is the perfect time to have your heating system inspected to make sure it’s ready for the heavy demands of winter. For the best for your home and family, choose experts in heating and cooling service, so you don’t have to worry about a thing this winter.
Let Us Take Care of Your HVAC Fall Home Maintenance
There is a lot to consider when prepping your home for the winter and checking off every item on your home maintenance checklist is a big task to take on. For a warm and safe home this winter, contact AirXperts to help complete your fall home maintenance checklist. We’ll take care of the maintenance so you can focus on the fun parts of fall!