Autumn Maintenance Tips for Owners

Autumn Maintenance Tips for Owners

HVAC System (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Inspection:

Have your heating system inspected by a professional to ensure it is in good working condition. Replace air filters if needed for optimal performance.

Check Windows and Doors

Seal any gaps with weather stripping or caulking to improve energy efficiency and keep warm air inside.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging. This helps prevent water damage to your home’s foundation and roof.

Roof Inspection

Look for signs of damage or missing shingles on your roof. Addressing issues now can prevent leaks and water damage during winter storms.

Outdoor Plumbing:

Drain and disconnect hoses and shut off outdoor water faucets to prevent freezing and damage to pipes.

Inspect Insulation

Check insulation in your attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Proper insulation helps keep your home warm and can lower heating costs.

Trim Trees and Shrubs

Trim back any branches that are close to your home or could pose a hazard during winter storms. This helps prevent damage to your property.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Replace batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. This is crucial for your safety during the heating season.

Exterior Maintenance

Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or gaps. Seal them with caulk to prevent drafts and moisture from entering your home.

Prepare Outdoor Furniture and Equipment for the Cold Months

Clean and store outdoor furniture, grills, and other equipment in a protected area to prevent damage from winter weather.

Being Emergency Prepared

Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food items in case of power outages or severe weather.

Schedule Chimney Cleaning

If you have a fireplace, schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection to ensure it is safe to use during the colder months.

Landscaping Maintenance

Rake leaves and remove debris from your yard to prevent them from accumulating and causing lawn damage over the winter.

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