Prepare Your Heater for Cooler Weather
Change the heater filter and the humidifier filter on your furnace. Have the heating system professionally cleaned and serviced.
Check the fireplace chimney for creosote build-up and have it cleaned. Inspect the fireplace mortar for cracks and deterioration.
Save on Heating Bills
Caulk around windows, doors and posts. Make sure the house is adequately insulated and that the insulation has not deteriorated.
Cover all outdoor furniture and grills. Clean out gutters and downspouts, especially after leaves have fallen. Rake debris away from the side of the house and trim any trees or shrubs that touch the house. Run all gas powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone. Plant spring bulbs. Close and drain hose bibs and disconnect hoses to prevent pipes from freezing.
Change smoke alarm and CO2 monitor batteries. Clean dust from the interior and exterior of the units.
Well and Septic Maintenance
If the house uses a well, check and service the pump and holding tank. Have the water quality tested. If the property has a septic system, have the tank inspected and pumped if needed.