Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder, which means fall is officially here. Get your home winter-ready while putting your mind at ease with our fall home maintenance checklist.
1. Clean Gutters
Make sure your gutters are clear of any leaves, sticks and other debris.
Drafty windows and doors can account for as much as 10% of your heating bills. Weather-stripping is an easy and affordable way to make your home more comfortable and efficient.
3. Turn Off & Drain Outdoor Plumbing
Don’t forget to detach garden hoses, turn off water supply, as well as drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems.
4. Change Filter
Changing your furnace filter every 3 months, not only improves your indoor air quality, but also helps to reduce your home’s energy expenses and prolongs the life of your HVAC system.
5. Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
Reduce the likelihood of expected heating breakdowns and repairs by having your furnace cleaned and inspected yearly. Annual maintenance also helps to maximize the performance and efficiency of your system.
6. Clean the Fireplace and Chimney
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure you have it cleaned and inspected before use.
7. Take Safety Precautions
The batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 6 months. Also keep in mind that the average life expectancy of a smoke alarm is 8-10 years and 5 years for CO detectors.