Your ultimate fall home maintenance checklist: 25+ must-do tasks to prep your home for winter
Fall is nearly here, which means it’s time to prep your home to withstand winter weather with these must-do repairs + seasonal maintenance tips.
Falling leaves, shorter days, cozy evenings: Cooler days will be here before we know it (we’re ready for a break from the heat, too), which means now is the perfect time to get your home ready for the winter months ahead.
Read on to learn 25 tips from Woodfin - Your Home Team’s Install Operations Manager Chris Beck that will help you stay on top of home maintenance this season:
6 HVAC tips to keep you cozy
- Change your air filters monthly. (Yes, we’re all supposed to be doing that!)
- Get a programmable thermostat. Bonus: It helps with energy savings.
- Keep shrubs, debris + clutter away from your outdoor HVAC unit.
- Test your carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check your pilot light.
- Schedule your six-month tune up. Pro tip: Save on heating repairs and service with Woodfin’s Comfort Protection Plans.
9 plumbing tips to probe
- Check all of your fixtures + piping for leaks. (No drips, please and thank you.)
- If you have a whole-house water filter, be sure to change it regularly.
- Once winter hits, remove hoses from outdoor faucets attachments and use an outdoor faucet cover.
- To improve their efficiency, Woodfin - Your Home Team recommends flushing out your water heaters (and tankless water heaters) annually.
- Know the location of the main water shut-off valve.
- If you have septic tanks, have them pumped every few years.
- Inspect the condition of your washing machine hoses.
- Close your crawl space vents.
- Know the location of your water meter and have it marked.
5 electrical items to inspect
- Test your home’s smoke detectors every six months and replace any over 10 years old.
- If you have a house generator, make sure the lights are green and that annual maintenance has been done.
- Keep the area in front of electrical panels clear and easily accessible.
- Repair or replace any lights, switches + other electrical devices that are not working properly.
- Have annual electrical maintenance done for cost savings on your power bill.
6 air quality checks to make
- That your air purification system is up + running properly (especially in preparation for flu season).
- That no heat is escaping from your duct seals.
- For moisture or water in your crawl space.
- Your humidity levels — you may need to invest in a humidifier or dehumidifier.
- That your crawl space vents are working properly.
- That your bathroom exhaust vents are functioning.
- A duct cleaning
- A dryer vent cleaning + inspection
Woodfin - Your Home Team recommends air quality inspections every six months to avoid costly replacements and to ensure your home’s air quality is where it should be.*