The month of September brings change. The days become shorter, summer vacations are over, and children are back in school. This is the perfect time of year to examine your home and prepare for the impending cooler weather that will be here before you know it. Here are a few things that should be on your fall home maintenance checklist:

  • Give your cook top exhaust fan a good clean. Many filters are removable and can be run through the dishwasher. Check the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace you use frequently, get it inspected and cleaned before you begin to use it for the winter.
  • Vacuum your heat registers and air return ducts. Or better yet, have a professional team clean you air duct system. If you have owned your house for several years, you may be surprised at the amount of dust and debris that can build up in your ductwork.
  • Clean gutters and make sure downspouts are open. If the water can’t drain, it can seep in under your shingles.
  • Seal drafty doors and windows. Check caulking around windows and weather stripping around doors and replace as needed.
  • Winterize or insulate exterior faucets and water lines. 
  • Remove, clean, and store summertime screens.
  • Check your hot water heater for leaks. You might want to consider covering your water heater with an insulation blanket to retain heat and increase efficiency.

A little preventative maintenance and some prior planning can mean fewer headaches this winter.


"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord God Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

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