The scorching heat of summer is behind us. That means it's time to make sure your home is ready for the cooler fall months. Here's a list of 15 fall home maintenance must-dos to prepare your home.
1. Check Your Gutters
Now that monsoon season has passed, take care of any loose gutters, broken pieces, and detached downspouts. While you're up there, make sure there's no leaves or other debris causing clogs.
2. Inspect Your Roof
If you don't like ladders, contact a professional to check for broken or missing shingles and tiles, missing flashing, or areas of discoloration that might point to bigger problems.
3. Repair Sidewalks
Cracked concrete only gets worse over time and fluctuating temperatures will give cracks a jump start. Extend the life of sidewalks and driveways by making repairs and halting cracks.
4. Change Furnace Filter
After the hard work of the summer cooling season, refresh your HVAC system and extend its life with a fresh filter.
5. Sweep the Chimney
Creosote buildup can lead to a chimney fire. Have your chimney swept and professionally inspected to make sure it's safe to operate this winter.
6. Fertilize the Lawn
Fall is the perfect time to apply fertilizer to your lawn. It's been working hard to stay green all summer and could use a good feeding before its winter nap.
7. Check Smoke Detectors
Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and replace the batteries.
8. Insulate Pipes
Las Vegas residents don't have to worry much about frozen pipes, but adding insulation will keep hot water hotter as it circulates to cut down on energy expenses.
9. Guard Against Vermin
As temps drop, rodents and insects will be looking for a warm new home. Seal up gaps and cracks to keep them out.
10. Test for Radon
If you have not already, have your home tested for radon gas--a potential cancer-causing agent that can build up in your home.
11. Clean Vents
Dryer vents can become cluttered with lint and cause a home fire. Clean your vents every fall to keep your home safe.
12. Maximize Window Coverings
Keep your energy bills down this winter with strategic window shade placement. Open window shades on sunny days to let in warmth and close shades in the evening to help keep it in.
13. Check Handrails
Loose railings can lead to serious injuries. Walk around your property to inspect and repair all railings.
Use caulk and weather-stripping to seal up gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and anywhere two materials meet to keep warm air inside where it belongs.
15. Inspect Your Furnace
Finally, make sure your furnace is professionally cleaned and inspected to ensure it's safe and efficient.
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