10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Southern
your roof! Look for damaged, missing or loose shingles or tiles that may cause
leaks. Check all penetrations (vents, skylights, etc.) for proper sealing and
flashing. Remove all debris and trim back any foliage hanging over the roof.
- Check the heating system to make sure it is in working order and replace
the air filter monthly.
- Have the chimney sweeped to prevent fires and
carbon monoxide from entering your home. Also, don’t forget to close the Damper
when a fire isn’t burning in the chimney.
- Insulate your attic space, seal holes and weather
strip the attic hatch or door.
- Caulk around all doors and windows to prevent
heat from escaping.
- Check the gutter’s
condition and clear all debris.
- Test your
smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if needed.
- Trim shrubs
and trees against your home.
- Reverse your
ceiling fans to run in a clockwise direction. This pushes rising hot air back
down into the room.
- Mulch your
leaves when you mow. The leaves will fall between the grass blades, decomposing
and nourishing your lawn through the winter.