PREPPING YOUR HOME FOR FALL

autumn trees
Photo Courtesy: b k

 Along with the leaves on the trees, you should be making some changes of your own over the next few weeks.  Here is a list of home maintenance items to consider as you make your way into the chillier months of the year!

  1.  Gutters and Downspouts—Remove leaves and other debris from your downspouts and gutters to prevent clogging.

    clogged gutter
    Photo Courtesy: Eric Schmuttenmaer
  2. Fireplace and chimney—Clear ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself, but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional, asking them to check the damper to ensure it tightly closes, preventing drafts.
  3. Heating system—Have an annual heating system check-up. Survey your home’s heating vents, checking proximity to furniture, carpeting, or curtains.Chimney-Cleaning
  4. Air conditioners—Remove window units. Dust and clean before covering or storing.
  5. Drafts—Examine windows and doors for cracks, sealing them to prevent drafts.
  6. Storm windows—If you have removable screens, now’s the time to clean, store, and replace them with storm windows.

    Photo Courtesy: Laura Moss
  7. Water heater—Prepare for cooler weather by draining the water heater and clearing out any debris that has settled at the bottom of the tank.

A little maintenance goes a LONG way to making your fall and winter clean, cozy and safe!

Excerpted from “Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter.” Readers Digest Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter Comments. Readers Digest Magazine, 02 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

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