For many homeowners, fall is the season for football, checking chores off to-do lists and getting ready for the winter months. What can you do to keep your house in excellent condition? These maintenance tasks can help keep your home running efficiently:
Outside Your Home
Check window and door seals. When heat escapes through seams in your windows and doors, you’re wasting your money, and you’re probably still cold. But you can often spot problems with a thorough once-over. Look for spaces that may have insufficient caulking and make sure weatherstripping is in good condition. While you’re at it, check to make sure all of your locks are working well.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fall tends to be dry in most places so checking your fire and carbon monoxide alarms should be done seasonally at the very least.
Clear out gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks. Although this should be a twice-annual task, removing debris is especially crucial in fall since leaves might be collecting. Tip: It’s a lot easier to clean your gutters when they’re dry.
Inside Your Home
Keep an eye on major appliances. Many of us spend more time baking and cooking during the fall and winter months. Make sure your oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator can handle the activities of the season by checking seals and giving everything a good clean.
Clean your carpets. Allergens and dirt get trapped here, but you can help keep your carpet fresh by giving it regular attention. Fall is a great time to have your rugs steamed — just in time to impress your holiday guests.
Get your HVAC system inspected. Don’t wait until December to test your heating system. It’s better to find out about any issues well before you need to use your heater.