10 Often-Overlooked Autumn Maintenance Tasks

9 Often-Overlooked Autumn Maintenance Tasks

Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather ahead. In addition to cleaning the gutters and caulking and sealing openings around windows and doors, here are some often-overlooked Fall maintenance tasks.

  1. Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that moves the warm air near the ceiling and distributes it around the room.
  2. Clean your humidifier before using it (and regularly, throughout the season) to prevent bacteria from being misted out into the air.
  3. Drain the fuel from gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers and chain saws.
  4. Check and test snow blowers to make sure they are ready for use.
  5. Flush/drain your water heater tank to remove sediment and minerals that can settle on the bottom and cause rust.
  6. Change the batteries out on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Make sure you have enough of these detectors throughout your home, including the basement especially if you have gas appliances.
  7. Clean the dryer vents.
  8. Check the hoses on your washer. Replace any leaking, cracked or bubbling washer hoses.
  9. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils using a condenser coil cleaning brush.
  10. Change or clean your range hood filter or over the range microwave oven filter.

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Tips for freshening up your home during the winter

Woman with cleaning supplies facing kitchenFollow these tips to freshen up your home while you are stuck inside this winter.

Clean your carpets

Use the many hours you spend inside to clean your rugs. If you do not own a carpet cleaner or steam cleaning vacuum, most hardware and grocery stores have carpet cleaners for rent.

You can also make your own dry carpet cleaner at home using a number of items you probably already have in your kitchen pantry. This Continue reading