The weather is turning cooler and, in a few weeks, we’ll need to adjust our clocks back an hour. Now is the perfect time to look around your home and get ready for the frosty weather that’s on the way.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
As a homeowner, you’ll want to ensure that you’re properly caring for your home so that it remains comfortable for you and your family. With this in mind, there are few pieces of seasonal maintenance you should take care of around this time to protect your house before winter hits.
Here is Our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist!
- Replace Your Furnace Filter.
How often you need to change your furnace filter will vary depending on the size of the filter and other factors, like how many people are living in the home, but it’s a good rule of thumb to change them every 1-3 months. This will help keep contaminants out of your heating and cooling system.
- Check Your HVAC system and Clean Filters
Regularly cleaning the filters in your HVAC system will help improve its efficiency and ensure good air quality in your house. Filters caked in dust will have a negative impact on the quality of your in-home air and force the HVAC system to work harder.
- Clean or Change Your Humidifier Filter.
Just like with the HVAC system, regularly cleaning or replacing your humidifier filters will help keep it in good working order and your air clean. Humidifiers can get dirty fast, so it’s recommended that you clean or replace the filter every few months. If you haven’t checked it in a while, now is the perfect time to give it a good clean.
- Adjust Humidifier Settings to 15% for Winter
You’re going to want to lower the humidifier settings before the temperature drops to avoid condensation on your windows and possible home damage. 15% is generally a good level to set the humidity, but keep in mind that you might need to adjust it further depending one how cold it gets.
- Turn on External Water Shutoff
Turn on the outside water shutoff before the temperatures drop below freezing to protect your pipes from freezing. Late Oct is the time of year that experts suggest is the best time to take this precaution.
- Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Replace Batteries as Needed
You should be checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly and replacing the batteries at least once a year. Most smoke detectors will have a handy test button, so you can quickly check if they are working.
Watch our short video for directions on how to check these tasks off your list so you can rest easy knowing your home is prepared for the cold weather.
Taking the time to care for your house will help you avoid some costly repairs and ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your Alquinn Home worry-free for years to come.
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