Well, it is official. Fall is upon us…. Here are 15 projects that are perfect to do around your house at this time of year!
1. Maintenance on your furnace – Have someone come out to inspect your furnace and make sure it is in working order for the cold months ahead. If your furnace is 10 to 15 years old and is taking longer to heat up the house than usual, it may be time to replace it.
2. Check on Important Insulation – Specifically, check on weatherstripping around your doors, windows, and garage door. The felt strips seal these openings to prevent drafts, but they can wear down over time. Replace any faded weatherstripping and complete any other insulation tasks you’ve been putting off.
3. Seal off leaks in Attic – If you see any light shining through chinks in your attic, you have air leaks (and pest entrances). Seal those off with foam insulation to keep your house warm over winter. Do not try to close off any attic vents, however, as you’ll need those to get rid of humid air.
4. Clean out your gutters – Your gutters work hard over fall and winter, and they need your help. Clean them out before it gets too cold. This will prevent gutters from overflowing with rain or snow and damaging your roof.
5. Replace old, single-pane windows – Single-pane windows are poor insulators. If you have any of these windows, consider replacing them with double-pane windows. You can also upgrade double-pane windows to models sealed with a neutral gas like argon to improve insulation.
6 Replace missing Shingles – Your roof needs to be in good shape to resist wind, rain and snow. Replace any missing shingles and fix other signs of damage before those eyesores turn into serious and expensive leaking problems.
7. Prepare your Fireplace – For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection before winter begins.
8. Switch your ceiling fan direction – Ceiling fans should turn clockwise in the colder months, which pushes warm air back down into the room. Most fans have a simple switch that reverses the direction.
9. Hibernate outdoor AC Units – Clean and cover your outdoor air conditioning unit to protect it from rain and snow. Note, that this doesn’t apply to heat pump models, which are designed to switch to a heating mode in winter and cannot be covered.
10. Winterize Irrigation Systems – In colder climates, your irrigation system should be blown out to remove any water and prevent freeze-ups that can ruin sprinklers. Make sure that you also store your garden hose and shut off the water to exterior faucets, if possible.