As much as you may want to avoid it, fall is on the way. With the calendar officially past Labor Day it is time to turn the page and get ready for the change of season. As wonderful as autumn can be, it also comes with a change in temperature. With the change there are a handful of important items you need to do to protect your property. By treating your home like an investment and staying on top of seasonal maintenance you extend the useful life as long as possible. Here are four important fall maintenance items you should do now before the cold comes.
Service Your Furnace. In just a couple of months you will hear your furnace running non-stop for hours on end. For a short period of time your furnace will be the most important item in your home. It makes sense to take steps now to ensure it is running to maximum efficiency. It is not uncommon to turn the heat on at the end of September or start of October for a few hours a day. Most furnace services get booked quickly at the end of the month. Instead of waiting you should reach out to them now to schedule your maintenance appointment. Even if your furnace ran great last year you can’t expect a repeat this year without doing something about it. Changing the filter or cleaning the lines every year helps avoid wear and tear and saves you money in the long run.
Clean Gutters. If there are trees in your yard you can expect leaves in the gutters. Once they get there, they are not just going to get out on their own. You need to get out the ladder and spend a few minutes removing them and making sure your gutters are clean. A gutter filled with leaves can become a major problem in the winter. With nowhere to go the gutter will freeze and if heavy enough break off the house. Additionally, it can create an ice dam that can back up all the way to your roof and create leaking. You don’t have to get the ladder out every weekend, but you need to make sure you clean the gutters before it gets too cold.
Walk the Exterior.When is the last time you walked around your home? Even if you are outside a lot the odds are you don’t examine your property with a fine-tooth comb. Now is the time to walk the exterior and look for any items that may need to be repaired, replaced or updated. There are several minor items that should be done now before it gets too cold. Covering the central air unit and disconnecting the hose from the nozzle won’t take you more than five minutes. You should also look for any cracks that should be filled or areas that should be sealed. If anything needs to be painted, now is the time to do it.
Mower, Leaf Blower, Snow Blower. You can expect to stop mowing the yard at some point at the end of September or start of October. Whenever that is it is essential that you drain the tank of any gas and go into the winter as clean as possible. Now is also a good time to get your snow blower looked at. You don’t want to wait until there are six inches of snow on the ground to turn it on for the first time all year. With fall coming up you are going to give your leaf blower a workout. Make sure you have enough gas, oil, etc. to keep it running all season. Having these items in the shed doesn’t do you any good if they aren’t working.
For many people fall is the best time of the year. Whether you enjoy it or not you can’t escape the fact that winter is right around the corner. A little maintenance now can prevent a world of trouble come winter.