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.