As the leaves start to turn beautiful fall colors and the air becomes just a little more crisp, we all start to crave our pumpkin spics lattes and pastries. But something else the chill in the air should prompt us to do is fall weather home maintenance items. Just as spring cleaning has some basic checklist items, the following maintenance tips should all be on your autumn list:
- Check carbon monoxide alarms & Smoke detectors – Make sure CO Alarms & Smoke Detectors are clear of dust & debris and make sure they are plugged all the way into the outlet or check/replace the batteries. For smoke alarms, push the test button to make sure you hear the alarm sound and if not, replace batteries or entire unit ASAP.
- Check and replace filters in your heating / AC System – While A/C filters should be replaced monthly during the high cooling season, it’s a great habit to get into to check your furnace filter before it is time to kick it on the first time of the season
- Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires. While many have experience disappointing results after running the vent hood grease filter through the dishwasher, this trick will surprise you! Grab a water-based degreaser from the auto parts store and fill your kitchen sink with hot water and the degreaser. Then just place the filter in the water and let the degreaser do all the hard work for you!
- Test garage door and grease tracks as needed – An annual garage door tune-up will help to ensure reliable and quiet operation of your door as well as ensure safety features. Hardware on the door can loosen so you’ll want to do quickly inspect and tighten all roller brackets and bolts that hold the rails to the support brackets. Lubricate the chain on your opener annually with white lithium grease or whatever is recommended by the manufacturer. This process will make the opener’s operation smoother, quieter and extend the life of both chain and opener.
- Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage. Regular cleanings will keep your gutters clog-free and prevent costly damage to your home’s exterior and interior thus increasing your home’s resale value. Because gutters are the main method for moving water off a roof and away from your home’s foundation, clogged gutters are the #1 cause of flooded basements and foundation damage. If not checked regularly, clogged gutters can cause wood rot on your home’s facia boards, soffits and eaves.
So before you grab your pumpkin spice latte and cozy up next to the fireplace for some football viewing, remember that following some of these basic tips before the snow flies will help your home run efficiently, extend the life of major systems and help to maintain the overall value of your home!
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