Get going on your autumn home maintenance today!
Autumn is in the air – you can feel it in the mornings. That means you’re probably thinking about doing some autumn cleaning. (You DO a big clean in the fall right?) Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key autumn home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least 1-2 times a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road. The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.
We created a handy check list of 8 autumn home maintenance items you should be checking every year. As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!
1. Check your gutters and down spouts
Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris. Get up on a ladder every autumn and clear that gunk out. It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill. You should also do this in the spring, FYI.
2. Get your chimney inspected and cleaned – by an actual chimneysweep
Looking forward to a roaring fire in your fireplace this autumn? Be sure that you get your chimney inspected and cleaned by an ACTUAL chimneysweep. They will clean out soot, remove blockages and creosote build up – all of which can ignite when you *ahem* fire up your fireplace.
A chimneysweep will also inspect the liner, firebox and damper to make sure that they are in good condition and as efficient as possilbe for heating.
They will also make sure that there aren’t any critters making a home of your chimney.
3. Check seals on windows and doors
Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds. Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps. While you’re at it add weatherstripping to doors. Any gaps let out warm air and also increase your heating bill in the autumn and winter. Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.
4. Rake those leaves
It can be a pain to keep up on, but be sure to rake all those leaves. If they stay on the ground over the winter under the snow, they can rot, mildew and even kill your grass. Making your spring garden cleanup that much more difficult.
5. Filter out those dirty filters
Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y. They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt. And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly. This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.
6. Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator
When doing autumn home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent. It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder. Which makes your electricity bill go up.
And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils. Chances are they need a good vacuum. Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.
7. Drain that water heater
Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year. The reason? All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom. Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.
8. Test your smoke detectors
This autumn home maintenance item can literally save your life. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in. While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off. A household fire drill goes a long way.
Need a hand?
Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you). They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!