Summer is coming to an end and fall is right around the corner. September is a transitional month that is a great time to do some maintenance on your home to get it ready for the cooler season.
Here are five things we recommend adding to your home to-do list this month to prepare it for the new season’s arrival.
Home Maintenance Tips for Fall
Maintain your A/C
After a long, hot summer, your air conditioner has been working especially hard to keep your home cool. As the cooler weather rolls around for the fall season, it’s a good idea to check out the system and make sure it is working properly. You can hire someone to come in to service it or do it yourself. The pipes may need to be cleaned out and there’s a good chance it’s time for your air filters to be switched out, too. Check the entire system to make sure it’s in good shape.
Check safety devices
Your home’s safety devices should be checked periodically throughout the year to make sure they are working effectively. This includes fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (which can be easily tested via buttons on the systems), as well as home security systems like your alarm and cameras if you have them. Replace batteries if necessary and check to see if everything is in working order.
Clean out the gutters
After a rainy summer, gutters tend to get filled up with debris. Go around the exterior of your home and clean out the gutters of any muck that has built up over the summer months, as well tend to any damages you may find along the way.
Inspect the roof
Another place that should be periodically checked is your roof. It’s easy to forget about it up there, but it should be maintained like anything else. Check to make sure there are no damages from summer storms or general wear and tear. You’ll also want to make sure it is well-insulated as the cooler seasons approach.
Inspect the fireplace and chimney
If you have a fireplace, the months to make use of it are on their way. Before you need it, check to make sure the fireplace and chimney are in good shape. Clean them out and inspect for any damages that may have happened over time. Take care of it now so it will be ready for use as soon as cool weather approaches.