When fall starts to rear it’s head and the sun starts to rise later and set earlier, it’s time to check out your heating equipment and weatherproofing.
Take down your window screens for storage and label them for quickly putting up in the spring, or repair and replace now, if needed. After you wash your windows, replace with storm windows.
Also seal windows and doors with weatherstripping then check your caulking. Replace the seals as necessary.
Trim trees and shrubs closer than three inches to your house. Also check your outdoor faucet for any leaks, turn it off, then drain your hoses and store them.
You should also clean, oil, and store garden tools in a bucket of sand to prevent rust. You should also clean and store your patio furniture or cover with waterproof material.
This is also a time to tune-up your appliances. For air conditioners, remove them or protect them with a weatherproof cover. Water heaters need to be flushed, and radiators should be bled dry (once the system has cooled and isn’t on.)
In the kitchen, refrigerator coils should be vacuumed and wiped down for maximum efficiency. Likewise, kitchen and bath fixtures and pipes should be checked for leaks.
At the start of a new season is a great time to focus on safety as well. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers all need to be checked. Replace batteries as needed, and review any emergency plans or fire drills so everyone knows what to do in a life-or-death situation.