Fall is here! Embrace the unbelievable warmth this November and take a weekend day to be sure your home is prepared for the inevitable cold that will come our way (someday!).
- Heating & Cooling
- Clean or change your furnace filters. A smart move would also be to have a professional heating contractor come service your furnace, which includes making sure it’s operating safely.
- Make sure your furnace and air conditioner are free of surrounding debris, plants, or storage items.
- If you have a boiler, check the water level and shut off valves for leaks.
- Roof & Exterior
- Take a good look at your shingles to be sure there are none that are missing or damaged.
- Clean gutters and downspouts – this is critical especially if your home is under a big tree, and helps prevent water intrusion to the basement.
- Be sure trees and bushes are trimmed away from the roof and walls.
- If you have a woodburning fireplace, consider hiring a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney.
- Take a close look at decks, patios, and porches to be sure they are safe and secure. Make a mental note of any springtime maintenance projects you’ll want to do.
- Walk all the way around your home examining your siding for holes, chipping paint, and your caulking around protrusions to be sure it’s intact.
- Doors & Windows
- Check weather stripping around doors to be sure it’s in good condition.
- Check for missing screens or broken or cracked window panes.
- Check for loose or missing glazing putty.
- Make sure all faucets, hose bibbs and supply valves are functioning properly and then appropriately prepared for winter.
- Check the main water shut off valve for ease of operation and leakage.
- If you have a lawn sprinkler, inspect it for exposed lines or leaky valves.
- Check under sinks and around tubs and toilets for signs of leaking.
- Test your GFCI outlets and circuit breakers to be sure they function properly.
- Be sure all your lamp and extension cords show no signs of wear.
If you do nothing else on this list, be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and test them. These items do have an expiration date and need replaced periodically. Check your units to see what the date is, and when you install new ones, make a notation on the underside of the installation date.