As the weather begins to change and we enter the transitional period from summer into fall, now is the perfect time to take care of any outstanding household maintenance or chores in order to set you in good stead for the colder winter months ahead. To help you get started, here’s a quick list of some of the key areas you could focus on.
Post Summer Home Maintenance Check-List
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
As the temperature drops and the nights draw in it’s time to start getting cozy by lighting candles or stoking up a big log fire. To make sure you’re safe, check all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly, replace any dead batteries and clean them of any dust or dirt.
- Schedule an annual maintenance for your AC
If you’ve had a hot summer then your air conditioning unit may have been working hard around the clock to keep you cool. It’s important to perform regular maintenance on your AC to keep it working efficiently and to avoid any nasty and potentially costly surprises. Find the best AC company in your area and schedule an annual maintenance check. Now is a good time to do it as you may have forgotten by the time it comes around to spring next year.
- Don’t get left in the dark and replace any dead light bulbs
Over the summer months when there has been an abundance of natural light, it’s easy to miss when a light bulb has blown. But now we’re beginning to spend more time in the dark it’s important to make sure that you have adequate lighting, check all indoor and outdoor bulbs are working and replace any that have blown. Don’t forget to also check your car lights and while you’re at it also make sure you have a few working torches dotted around the house in case of any power outages.
- Stowaway summer furniture and outdoor toys
Cold, wet and stormy weather can easily damage outside furniture and toys and these are often things that can be costly to replace. Whilst the weather is still fair, now is the time to give it a quick clean, perform any necessary maintenance and then pack it away safely in a dry spot until it’s needed next spring. If you have an outside swimming pool or a large garden, now is also the time to prepare it for the winter season. Keep the grass short, remove dead and falling leaves and bring inside any plants that are easily damaged by the cold weather.
- Schedule a chimney clean
If you have a real fire at home, now is the time to schedule in a chimney clean to prepare it for use again this fall and winter. Animals such as birds may have made nests in your chimney over summer and a chimney clean will remove any build-up of soot, clear any blockages and remove any build-up of creosote. Without regular maintenance, chimneys can become dangerous and a build up of soot and creosote could cause a costly chimney fire.