Our 4 Seasons of Homeownership checklists are a great way to stay on top of your home maintenance projects.
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1. Replace AC & Heating Filters
This is important to do at the beginning of every season. A dirty filter will slow down and strain your system and make the distribution of air or heat limited in your home. Once the filter is off, there is a cavity behind it called a plenum. Before installing the new filter, go ahead and vacuum this area. Sometimes there will be build-up and debris so be sure to clean this area out so it doesn’t make its way to your system!
2. Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts
Having clean gutters and downspouts is an important chore to maintain around your home. Rainwater can run over or behind the gutters or downspouts which causes rot in the eaves. They are also more prone to being clogged!
3. Rake Leaves
A common yet important chore to do around your household this fall. Wet leaves that are matted down to your lawn can kill the grass — which nobody wants because then you have to worry about replacing it! Here’s an easy and time-saving way to rake and bag your leaves.
4. Drain Gas from Lawnmower and Sharpen Blade
An alternative to draining the gas from a lawnmower is to simply run the lawnmower until it is completely out of gas after mowing the lawn. This way it burns all of the fuel out of the tank, fuel lines and the carburetor. It’ll start right up in its next use!
5. Install Storm Windows and Doors
Storm doors make a great addition to any home since they protect an exposed door from the weather, allow fresh air into your home, and insulate the doorway to save energy. They’ll last you through the winter so you won’t have to worry about the elements getting in your home!
6. Drain and Flush Water Heater
It’s so important to drain all of the sediment out of your water heater so it works efficiently and makes it last longer. Not only is it a simple task to perform but it will save you money! Definitely add this to your fall chore checklist.
7. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you don’t have a smoke or carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, we strongly recommend that you do so. Be sure that they are operating properly and that the batteries are fresh to keep your home and family safe!
8. Inspect and Replace Weatherstripping on Doors and Windows
First, clean the perimeter on the outside of your windows and doors and then caulk any gaps you may see. Do the same thing on the interior side of your windows and doors. If you find any weatherstripping that’s missing or cracked replace it before it gets too cold!
9. Drain Lawn Irrigation System
This is important to do if you live in an area that is prone to freezing. The last thing you want is a pipe to burst from freezing temperatures so be sure to do this before it gets too cold.
10. Check Insulation and Add More If Needed
Adding insulation is a lot easier than you think! One area where insulation is needed the most is in the attic. No matter where you live, you need at least 14 inches of insulation in your home. Insulation is expressed by R-value, 14 inches will get you to a R-35 or R-38 which will save you a lot of money!
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