10 Must-Do Home Projects for Early Autumn
Cover Air Conditioners
Vacuum internal parts of a/c unit. Remove units from windows or wrap the outside box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover to prevent rusting of vital parts.
Clean Yard Equipment
Prepare your yard equipment for storage by draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. Check to see that all of your snow equipment is up and running before the first snow fall.
Check For Peeling Paint
Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or siding. Peeling paint is a sign that it is failing and no longer protective. Left alone, siding will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future.
Seal the Driveway
Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Sealing the driveway now will help extend the life of the asphalt through the winter and beyond.
Clean the Gutters
After leaves have fallen, clean out the downspouts and gutters. Flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams. Consider installing built-in leaf guards.
Inspect the Roof
Check for missing and loose shingles. Ice, rain, snow, and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs.
It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm.
Prepare Deck for Winter
Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecue in a protected area. Make sure all soil is emptied from pots and planters. Dirt left in clay pots will freeze and cause the pots to crack if left outside.
Be sure to caulk around doorframes and windows to prevent heat from escaping. Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs. Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup.
Ready the Fireplace
Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Get your wood stove and fireplace in working order.
Reverse Ceiling Fan
Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling. Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.