After months of stifling, 100-degree days in Las Vegas, you can now throw yourself into the task of preparing your home for fall – and the cooler temperatures that await. Check these 10 tasks off your “to-do” list so that you can get into the spirit of this time of year, maybe by falling into your favorite comfortable chair.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks:
- Flip the switch on your ceiling fans so that the blades run in a clockwise direction. This reversal – from running counterclockwise in the summer – will push the warm air that naturally gathers up high downward into a room.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Run a test to ensure they work. Replace batteries at least once every year.
- Prune trees to prevent limbs from falling and causing damage as well as to improve their overall shape. Trees grow slowly in the fall, making it the best time of year for this job.
- Clear out gutters and downspouts. Keep water from backing up and accumulating on your roof – and eventually, seeping into your home. Also, check for damaged pieces and tighten hangers and brackets.
- Replace damaged caulk or weather stripping around your windows and doors. This prevents air leaks and keeps your energy bills in check. Use weather-stripping around movable components and caulk around stationary ones.
- Seal holes and gaps around your home. This is especially important near the foundation and on the roof – where rodents and small animals could enter. They’re actively scouting for a winter refuge, so make your home off-limits.
- Schedule a chimney inspection. The National Fire Protection Association and the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends doing this at least once a year. The inspection could lead to a chimney sweep to remove creosote, the black substance that can ignite a chimney fire.
- Check the condition of your fire extinguishers. If they show any sign of damage, they should be replaced. While you’re at it, ensure that you have one on every floor of your home and one devoted to the kitchen. Fall is also a good time to run through a fire drill with your household. While fire extinguishers are not difficult to use, a practice drill helps because we don’t use them every day and will prepare everyone in the household in case of a fire.
- Replace your furnace filter. You should check it every month, especially if you’re running your HVAC system regularly. It’s time to replace the filter with a new one when it’s stuffed with clumps of dust and dirt. A clean filter will help your system run more efficiently.
- Schedule a furnace inspection with Instant Air. We’ll thoroughly clean and lubricate your furnace so that you derive all the benefits: a system that is safe to run and doesn’t pose a fire hazard; runs smoothly; keeps your utility bills under control; shouldn’t breakdown unexpectedly; and reaches its expected lifespan (and maybe longer).
Begin Your Fall Maintenance Checklist by Scheduling an HVAC Maintenance Visit
The best way to tackle a home maintenance checklist is to start checking off the easiest tasks. Within just a few minutes, you can check off scheduling your HVAC maintenance visit by calling Instant Air at 702-385-2665 or filling out our contact form. We will tune-up and prepare your HVAC unit for the cooler months and allow you to focus on completing the rest of your fall home maintenance checklist.