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Fall Home Maintenance

The maintenance schedule presented here is a basic & general guide for homes with sewers and municipal water :- 

  • Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Remove the grilles on forced-air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
  • Replace furnace air filters every two months during the heating season (or as reccommended by the filter manufaturer).
  • Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
  • If you have central air conditioning, make sure the drain pan under the cooling coil mounted in the furnace plenum is draining properly and is clean.
  • Cover outside of air-conditioning unit and shut off power.
  • Bleed air from hot water radiators (for homes with hot water radiators).
  • Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust (for homes with baseboard heaters).
  • Check to see that bathroom exhaust fans and range hoods are operating properly.
  • Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries.
  • Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use. Replace door weatherstripping if required.
  • Ensure windows and skylights close tightly; repair or replace weatherstripping, as needed.
  • Clean leaves from eavestroughs and ensure downspouts have proper drainage from the roof.
  • Drain and store outdoor hoses, close interior valve to outdoor hose connection and drain the exterior faucet.
  • Ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall.
  • Prepare gardens and, if necessary, protect young trees or bushes for winter.


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