Fall is the perfect time to get your home ready for the coming winter, which can be the most gruelling season for your home.
During winter months, it’s important to follow routine maintenance procedures, by checking your home carefully for any problems that may arise and taking corrective action as soon as possible.
Check fireplace and chimney; service or clean if neededClean range hood filterClean leaves out of eaves troughsCheck roofing and flashing for signs of wear or damageClose outside hose connectionClose windows, skylightsCheck weather-stripping around doors and windowsClean and reactivate heat recovery ventilator, if it was turned offWinterize landscapingTest space heating systemClose vents to crawl spacesTest your smoke alarms; change the batteries at least once a year
Clean or replace furnace filterCheck/clean heat recovery ventilator; wash or replace filterClean humidifier and turn it on if neededCheck exhaust fansEnsure that air intake, exhausts and meters are clear of snowClean range hood filterCheck basement floor drainDo safety checks: fire escape routes; fire extinguishers; door and window locksEnsure gas valve is clear of ice and snow
Dust or vacuum electric baseboardsVacuum ducts behind warm air and return air grillesTest plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they’re workingTest pressure relief valve on hot water tank; drain water from tankCheck and, if needed, oil door hingesLubricate garage door motor, chain, etc.Check attic for signs of moisture in summer or fallCheck septic system; clean if needed (usually about every three years)
Every Two to Five Years
Check and repair driveway cracksCheck and repair the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and chimney, re-caulk as necessaryRefinish wood surfaces, including window frames and doors