Basic fall home maintenance can prevent many home repairs. Don’t skip these six tasks.
Seal the Gaps
Use silicone caulk to seal windows and cracks in the siding, and use weatherstripping around doors to keep cool air from seeping in.
Your home needs to be properly ventilated to combat high indoor humidity, expel potentially dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide, and prevent rot, mold, and insect infestation. In the fall, test exhaust fans, clean exhaust fan grills and dryer vents, and use your exhaust fans liberally.
Clear Rain Gutters
Keeping gutters clear of debris can prevent accumulated leaves and/or ice from forming “dams,” which if left untreated can lead to major roof and siding leaks.
Test Your Detectors
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once per year. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing them monthly and replacing them every 10 years.
Examine the Roof
Use binoculars to scan the roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Keep an eye out for signs of wind damage. If you notice any issues, take appropriate measures to secure the compromised area before more severe weather arrives. A minor repair now could save you from major repairs (and water damage) later.
Tune Up Your HVAC System
At a minimum, change your HVAC filters. This will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and extend its life. Many HVAC service companies offer affordable HVAC tuneups this time of year in which they’ll change the filters, clean the coils, check the thermostat, and inspect the system’s components for signs of wear and tear.