Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist for the Fall

Pumpkins an orange leaves sit behind a clock and the words maintenance time.The return to school has begun and the days of summer are starting to become shorter. Fall is in the air and that means it's time for some chores around the house. Fall maintenance can help you reset after the summer and get your property prepped for the cold season to come. Some homeowners get overwhelmed with this maintenance and don’t know where to start.

Keep reading for our checklist guide on fall home maintenance tips to get your home ready to end the season. 

1. Take Out Your Window AC Units

At this point, the truly hot days are just about over. We may have a few sweaty moments left, but you shouldn’t need air conditioning anymore. Take your window AC units out before the cold days come. Some homes have their units affixed to their window - in this case, cover the unit and insulate your window. 

2. Add Weatherstripping to Window and Door Frames

Windows and doorways are areas where huge amounts of warmth gets sucked out of your home during the winter. Adding weatherstripping around your frames can help prevent the heat loss and end up saving you money on your energy bills. Weatherstripping is a layer you can add around window and door frames to improve your insulation. 

3. Change Your Air Filters

Proper airflow in your heating and cooling systems translates to an efficient and cost-effective home. Help your system run efficiently by ensuring your air filter is clean. A clogged filter will slow the distribution of warm or cold air throughout your home. Make sure to change your filters about once per month or at least once per season. 

4. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

Summer storms can be rough on your gutters by dropping extra branches or debris that can clog them up. However, when fall comes around, the leaves will drop causing your gutters and downspouts to become completely congested. If left untreated, water can pool and seep into your home leading to serious issues. If you feel uncomfortable on a ladder, hired a professional to help you.

5. Examine Your Property for Exterior Problems

Now is a great time to walk around your home and garage and check out what is going on. Look for any signs of damage to your roof, siding, or sealant around the base of your house. Make sure to note any issues and either address them yourself or get a trusted professional to come and help you fix anything up before the cold sets in.

Choose to Work with the Heating and Cooling Experts

Follow the guide above and your home will be on a good path toward being set up for the winter. Remember, you don’t have to do it all. For projects you aren’t comfortable tackling on your own, turn to the professionals. Heaney Plumbing & Heating has been in the business for more than 50 years! Our techs can help diagnose and solve just about any heating, cooling, or plumbing problems you might have. 

Cleaning Your Exterior AC to Prep it for Winter

We are still feeling the heat of summer. July was mild this year, but August tends to bring the heat. Escaping the heat by getting into a nice, cool, air-conditioned home makes everything seem a bit more manageable. Even before it starts to cool...

4 Signs That You Have Poor Indoor Air Quality

The world doesn’t breathe as easily as it used to breathe in the past. There is much more congestion and smog in urban areas. Even suburban neighborhoods feel the weight of more constricted air. This thickness of the air is true outside, but...

Post-Winter Furnace Shutdown Checklist

The weather has been going up and down and all around in the last month or so. We’ve seen snow, thunderstorms, and bright, sunny days. At this point, the snow should be behind us, with only warm weather coming for the next few months. As we...

4 Ways to Improve Air Quality This Spring

The stale winter indoors now draws to a close, and the fresh air is on the way.  The spring showers and temperature shifts can send the humidity through the roof in your home. Nature also is waking up and coming to life again. As beautiful...

How to Properly Use Your Fan in the Winter Months

Staying cool and a fan go hand-in-hand. If someone gets overheated, one of the first offers to help them come by “fanning” the person, either with your hand, a piece of paper, or whatever is handy. Ceiling fans are a great way to keep...

7 Best Tips for Winterizing Your Plumbing

The cold is here and here to stay for the next few months. Even if you got behind on your prep work, there is still time to get your home up to par for the coming cold weather storms. While you get your home ready, make sure to prep your plumbing...

Summer Air Conditioner Tips to Keep Cool and Cut Costs

Time to shut the heat off inside and get the air conditioning pumping inside to stay cool as the sun comes out. With the summer rolling in, it is essential to keep your system up to the challenge. Follow our tips below to keep your A/C unit running...

Prevent Spring Leaks with These Tips

Winter is finally over for the year, although with it being Michigan, we are sure to get at least one more surprise flurry. As the weather begins its yo-yo-ing up and down by 20-30 degree changes in a matter of hours or days, the chances for leaks...

Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

With changes coming outside, prepare with or the changes inside. Your heating system has kept you and your family comfortable for months. Now is the sweet spot between extreme seasons to tune-up and maintain your systems. Check out our tips below...

Reasons Your Toilet Backs Up

Have you flushed your toilet only to see the murky water spin without going anywhere? No one wants to look down at such a disgusting sight. You have so many more important tasks to do than spend time trying to figure out why your toilet...

How Can a Shower Head Affect Water Pressure?

Installing a new shower head is a simple project that does not require a huge expenditure of effort or money. If your shower head has not been upgraded within the last 5 years, then it is time to invest in an upgrade. In most modern bathrooms,...
Page: 12345 - All