Number 1 item on your "To Do" list
Furnace - Heating and Cooling companies are
running specials on furnace tune ups. Take advantage of the discount and get
your furnace cleaned and tuned now! The furnace is the most expensive
mechanical device in your home and by what I see on inspections the most
Yes, I have mine tuned every year, maintenance is less
expensive than the alternative.
Filters - Buy a case of filters (the correct
size), put them beside the furnace and change the filter every 4-6 weeks, if
you have them it only takes a minute to change one.
Humidifier - Clean it! White vinegar works
pretty good. Replace the foam pad if it-us">'s hard and the evaporator core if it's
coming apart. Be sure the water valve is turned on and the duct damper open if
your system has one.
Carbon Monoxide Detector - Take it from me, we
had a close call last winter. You want one of these babies and make sure it
Smoke Detectors - How many of you unplugged
the batteries? There should be at least one on every level of your home and
all bedrooms, Pretty cheap insurance if you think about it. Make sure they
Gutters - Clean em, again! Then a couple of
more times this fall. A leaf blower works well. If your roof is too steep then
Downspouts - Want to keep that roof water out
of your basement, then extend your downspouts 5 feet from the foundation.
Grading - If you didn't't take time to adjust
the grade along your foundation this summer then do it now. The grade should
slope away from the foundation for at least 3 feet, if soil is up on the
basement windows or sill then install window wells with covers.
Roof - Inspect your roof for damaged shingles
or open flashings, clean off any debris.
Chimney - Check for open flashings, eroded /
cracked mortar joints, or a broken / cracked cap. Freezing water causes
expensive repairs. Have your fireplace flue cleaned, chimney fires cause
Attic - The best time to take a peek in your
attic is when it's raining, any questions? Look for staining on the subroof
and insulation. Also take a look at the insulation, correct any disturbed
insulation for uniform coverage, (some recessed lights are not rated for
insulation contact) and ventilation issues, bath fans should be vented to the
exterior and soffit vents should not be blocked by insulation or your primed
for a mildew problem.
Caulk - around
windows and doors, check the weather strips.
Paint - touch
up any exterior paint that's needed if you have any
time left after moving the wood pile away from the house.
It's a lot easier to work on these items now than in the
snow and that should leave you plenty of time for the yard work!
- mow the lawn
again and when you put the mower, string trimmer, blower etc. away for
the winter run all the gas out of them. Stabil a gas additive is good but I
wouldn't rely on it for the entire season, you'll probably wind up with goo in
the gas line and a repair bill in the spring.
Good time for an application of weed and feed. Use a fall
I won't go into vehicle maintenance other than
- Clean out the
garage so your wife can park in it this winter. (yeah, you're a hero now) Do
you really need all that junk?
Winterize - the
sprinkler system, pool, hose faucets and pond (water feature).
Get the leaves off your lawn or just blow em into your
neighbors yard when they aren't around.
That's about it for now, getting ready for Winter is really
just common sense put into action, get it all done before you go hunting or
fishing and avoid the guilt trip coming your way! Now it's time to enjoy Autumn,
take the kids to the cider mill, let em jump in a pile of leaves, build a
bonfire and roast some marshmallows, then mess up some pumpkins!