Summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. Though the weather will be warm for a bit longer, it’s important to keep your home in tip-top shape for when the cooler days approach.
Regular home maintenance is necessary of course, but it’s especially important to ensure your home that’s used to the heat is also ready for the cold. Below are tips for fall and winter home maintenance.
• Check your home for water leaks
• Have a heating professional check your heating system
• Protect your home from frozen pipes
• Test your emergency generator
• Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
• Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
• Make sure caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss
• Clean your gutters and downspouts
• Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other appliance valves
• Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
• Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections
• Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
• Check your water heater
• Test all AFCI and GFCI devices
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