Fall Home Maintenance Tips

It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone. With Fall just around the corner, and winter right on its heels, it’s time to start thinking about important home maintenance. Don’t get caught in the middle of winter with a drafty house or a  furnace repair service call. Get your home ready for the winter using these fall home maintenance tips.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts

Make sure that water isn’t coming down behind your gutters and that all the support brackets are securely in place. Also, make sure that water is draining properly. Pooling can damage foundations, driveways, and walkways.

Windows and Doors

The last thing you want is leaking either your warm air leaking out or chilly drafts coming into your home. Inspect windows and doors. Check for loose or damaged window or door frames.

Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to stop draft issues. Seal repair kits are available at your local hardware stores. This will help to keep your heating bills lower.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Fire Extinguishers

It’s best to set a reminder on your calendar every six months to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, check the date of your fire extinguisher and make sure it’s in a convenient place. If you don’t have a fire escape route, now is an excellent time to make one.

Chimney and Fireplace Care

Chimney and fireplace damage is a significant expense. Now is a great time to have it inspected and cleaned if necessary. If you’re not familiar with chimney inspection, call in a professional for peace of mind.

Attic Ventilation

When was the last time you remembered to check your attic vents? Attic ventilation is a fall home maintenance tip you won’t want to miss. Proper ventilation reduces energy costs. Be sure to check ridge and eave vents for any debris.

Also, install bird and rodent screens. Pests like to seek warm places when the temperatures drop. If you see any rips or holes, replace them to prevent any unwanted guests.

Indoor Water Pipes and Sprinkler Systems

Winterizing your pipes is one of the easiest fall home maintenance tips, but often forgotten. It’s a valuable way to protect your home in the winter. Make sure you disconnect water hoses, install insulated faucet covers, and winterize your sprinkler systems.

Furnace Maintenance

Give your furnace a fresh start. You may still be running the air conditioning here and there, but it’s a good idea to install a clean air filter. Other basic fall home maintenance needs include checking the blower belt and motor, inspect electrical components and controls, and make sure the exhaust flue is free of obstructions and in good working condition. Or, call an A/C service and repair professional to do a fall 18-point tune-up.

Advantage Air & Service wants to help you with your central HVAC system fall home maintenance. Contact us for basic air conditioning or furnace maintenance or to set up a long-term service agreement.