Fall Home Maintenance Tips

As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to turn, it's clear that fall has arrived. It's the perfect time to prepare your home for the coming months and ensure it's not only cozy but safe. Here’s a checklist of essential fall tips to help you maintain your home's functionality and safety during the season.

Remove All Exterior Hoses from Spigots: As temperatures drop, water left in hoses and spigots can freeze, potentially causing damage to your plumbing system. To prevent this, disconnect all exterior hoses from spigots, drain them thoroughly, and store them in a cool, dry place. Consider using hose covers to provide extra insulation for your outdoor faucets.Screenshot 2023-11-02 at 11.32.55 AM

Change Furnace Filter: As you switch from cooling to heating, remember to change your furnace filter. A clean filter ensures that your heating system operates efficiently, improving indoor air quality and reducing energy consumption. Check your manufacturer's guidelines for filter replacement frequency.

Clean Dryer Vent (from outside of the home): A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard and reduce the efficiency of your dryer. This is an often-overlooked maintenance task that should be done regularly. Access the vent from outside your home and remove any lint buildup. You can use a specialized brush or hire a professional for a thorough cleaning.

Schedule Annual Furnace Check-Up: To keep your home warm and safe, schedule an annual furnace check-up before the cold weather sets in. A professional can inspect your system, clean it, and make necessary adjustments or repairs. Regular maintenance not only ensures your furnace operates efficiently but also extends its lifespan.

Change Batteries in Smoke Detectors: Safety should always be a top priority. With the start of fall, it's an excellent time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Test each device to make sure they are functioning correctly. 

Clean Dishwasher Filter: Your dishwasher works hard, and over time, its filter can become clogged with food particles and debris. To maintain its performance, remove and clean the dishwasher filter. Consult your appliance's manual for instructions on how to do this safely and effectively.

With these essential fall maintenance tips, you can ensure your home remains comfortable and safe throughout the season. Regular maintenance not only helps you avoid costly repairs but also offers the comfort of knowing you won't be caught off guard by unexpected issues. So, take the time to give your home the care it deserves, and enjoy the warmth and security it provides during this beautiful time of the year.

By Skogman Homes