As the leaves begin to change and the temperatures start to drop, it’s important to prepare your property for the autumn season. Here are some property maintenance tips for the fall:
Check your HVAC system: Before the temperatures drop too low, check your heating system to ensure it is working efficiently. Replace your furnace filter and consider having a professional inspect your HVAC system to identify any potential issues.
Inspect your chimney: If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, make sure to have your chimney inspected and cleaned before using it for the season. This will help prevent chimney fires and ensure the proper ventilation of harmful gases.
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning correctly by testing them regularly. Replace the batteries as needed.
Store outdoor furniture: If you have outdoor furniture, store it in a dry, covered area or consider covering it with protective covers. This will help prevent damage from the harsh winter weather.
Clean your outdoor lighting: As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting becomes more important. Clean your outdoor light fixtures and replace any burned-out bulbs to ensure your home stays well-lit and safe.
Prepare your plumbing: To prevent your pipes from freezing, turn off and drain outdoor water sources, and consider insulating any exposed pipes in unheated areas of your home.
Check your insulation: Ensure your home is properly insulated to keep warm air in and cold air out. Add insulation to your attic or walls if needed.
Clean your dryer vent: Clogged dryer vents are a common cause of house fires, so make sure to clean your dryer vent before using it more frequently during the colder months.
Check your sump pump: If you have a sump pump in your basement, test it to make sure it is working properly. Consider installing a battery backup system in case of power outages.
10.Seal cracks and gaps: Seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s exterior with caulk or weather-stripping to prevent drafts and keep heat from escaping.