Now’s the time to prepare your home for fall temperature and weather changes. Cold weather can do a number on your home, especially if you own a house in Denver or any other chilly region. But even if you have a new home in Irvine, CA, it’s a good idea to inspect and fix where necessary. So make a checklist and get out the ladder, gloves, and tools.
1. Renew the Roof – Clean the gutters of leaves and debris and, if need be, repair downspouts and the sealing around the chimney and skylights.
2. Banish Walkway Cracks– Fix any cracks or loose pieces on walkways to avoid tripping and falling accidents.
3. Make Siding Repairs – Clean siding and make repairs if need be.
4. Foil Faucet Freeze – If your region experiences winter freezing, be sure to shut off valves to outside faucets. Open and drain spigots.
5. Switch Out Filters and Vents – Central air and heating systems should have monthly filter changes. For a window unit, either remove and store it or protect it with a waterproof cover. Change appliance filters and clean out vents.
6. Check the Chimney – Spruce up the fireplace to prepare for colder weather. Clean out ashes and make sure the damper works efficiently. If it or the flue isn’t working well, hire a chimney sweep.
7. Avoid the Draft – Maintain climate control by replacing any cracked or loosened seals or caulking around windows. For colder regions, consider installing heavier drapes. Replace cracked window glass.
8. Clean the Climate Controller – Clean the thermostat’s contact points, contacts and heat sensor. If it’s no longer accurate, replace the thermostat.
9. Drain the Hot Water Heater – If you have hard water, protect your water heater from sediment buildup. Drain the heater and, while you’re at it, look for signs of rust in the tank. If you have to replace the whole heater, go for an energy efficient model.
10. Test the Smoke Detectors – Press “test” on the smoke detectors. If you get a signal, change the batteries.
For a year-round menu of maintenance tips, check out this handy list.