Fall Home Maintenance Checklist | 669 HEAT Sudbury669 Heat

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

With summer ending soon and the kids going back to school, it’s time to get your home ready for the fall and winter months. Here is a list of things to get started with.

Keep your home warm this winter

Check for drafts

During cold winters, keep the cold out of your home. Check the edges of windows and doors and feel for any drafts that could be letting in cold air.  If you do notice drafts, you may need to repair the caulking around windows and door frames.

Bonus Tip: When checking for drafts, carefully use a lighted candle and you can quickly identify drafts if the flame flickers.

Another thing that can help control your home heat and save you money is to buy a programmable thermostat. If you already have a programmable thermostat, check the settings to make sure it is set to a lower temperature during the night and when you’re not home.

Have your furnace inspected

Hire an HVAC professional to clean your heating equipment, check heating efficiency, and change the furnace filter. Annual furnace maintenance is especially important because they also check for carbon monoxide to ensure your home is safe for your and your family.

Winterize your home

If your home has central air conditioning, cover your outdoor unit for the winter. If you use a window air conditioning, remove it to prevent air leaks.

Drain any garden hoses, disconnect and store in a dry place.

General home checks

  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Check the condition of your roof and look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If needed, remove leaves and debris.
  • If you have a wood fireplace, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  • Clean the gutters to remove any leaves and debris and check for leaks.
  • Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.
  • Clean out and bring in any flowerpots and if you keep flowers year-round, bring them indoors.
  • Clean and put away patio furniture.
  • If you have a pool, close it for the season or hire someone to do it for you.
  • Service your snow blower or make sure you have your shovel ready for the first snowfall.
  • Clean the garage and make sure any water toys or any water is removed. Tidy and organize to make room for your snow blower.

Make sure to prepare during the fall to ensure your home is warm and safe all winter long. Preventative maintenance is important and can help save you money and increase energy efficiency.

For any questions about annual furnace maintenance or scheduling a service call for your heating system, contact us at 705-669-4328 today.

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