Fall home maintenance is simply a preventative check around your home to prepare for winter. Here are several tasks Georgia homeowners should tackle before winter weather arrives.
- Clean the gutters – Remove leaves, twigs and any other debris from the gutters. As you do, make sure the gutters are securely fastened and that the downspouts are clog free.
- Check the roof – Perform a quick inspection of the roof and repair any damaged or missing shingles or other visible cracks near the chimney or flashing.
- Clean the chimney – Over the course of spring and summer, the chimney may have been home to birds or other flying critters. Even if it’s free of wildlife, checking the flue and having the chimney soot removed will keep you and your family safe during fireplace season.
- Service the heating system – Fall home maintenance isn’t complete without making sure the heating system is in top working order. Change the air filter and have system maintenance performed before the first cold snap to ensure you and your family stay toasty warm.
- Check the attic – The attic reveals a couple of things about your home. It will be the first place you’ll see evidence of a leaky roof, and it is a good indicator about how well your home is insulated. Repair leaks or add insulation as needed. While you’re up there, make sure no wildlife has made your attic a place of refuge.
- Clean the vents – Whether it’s the dryer vent, stove hood, HVAC vents or exhaust bathroom vents, fall is a great time to vacuum and clean them to ensure the air keeps moving in your home.
- Seal air leaks – If you notice cracked seals around windows and doors, add weatherstripping or caulking to keep the winter winds from blowing in.
For additional tips about properly maintaining your home, contact the HVAC professionals at McDevitt Air. We’ve been serving the heating and cooling needs of Savannah residents for more than 35 years.
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