Fall is a great time to tackle many home and yard improvement projects. Temperatures are usually ideal for physical work and you can easily open windows to air out your home if you are painting companys
or caulking or cleaning. There are also a number of things that you should check during the fall so that if repairs are needed they can be done before winter.
One important thing to do in the fall is turning on your heater. Check if it works. When you first turn it on, it will probably smell bad, like burnt dust, because it has been off all summer, so you'll want to open all your windows and air out the house. It's a good idea to do this before it gets too cold, so you won't make your house freezing cold when opening your windows. Replacing filters is important too, to help diminish the dust flying around. HVAC professionals can inspect your furnace and clean ducts. You may want to switch to using a programmable thermostat if you do not already have one. Make sure that flammable material is not next to your heater. If your house is heated by a hot water radiator, it's a good idea to bleed the valves by opening them slightly and closing them when water appears. You can also have a specialist add an anti-freeze solution into the heating pipes so that they don't freeze. Have a specialist check your heaters if you have gas heat to make sure the carbon monoxide is properly exiting your home.
Check your exteriors, windows and doors. If there are cracks you should seal them. Caulk windows and doors, use weatherstripping where needed. It's still a good time to paint in the fall, especially in the South.
Inspect the roof, gutters and downspouts. Make sure water cannot enter your home, replace worn shingles and tiles. Clean out gutters and consider installing leaf guards to prevent leaf build-up. Fall is a good time to redo your roof if your roof needs major repair. Also adding extra insulation in your attic will help keep the warm air in your house during the winter.
Get the fireplace ready. Clean the chimney or hire a professional to do so. Inspect the fireplace to make sure it is in good working condition. Prepare a good stack of dry wood for the fireplace. Make sure there are no bugs (termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles) in your firewood. Do not bring bug infested wood inside your house.
Check foundations and basements / crawlspaces. Seal openings so that small animals cannot come in. Mice can slip through very small spaces. Check for moisture. Moisture causes mold and it can also attract termites.
Test your fire dectectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Prevent plumbing freezes by draining garden hoses. Insulate plumbing pipes that are exposed. Drain air conditioner pipes and turn of water if your AC has a water shut off valve. If you go on vacation, keep your house heated at about 55 degrees. If you have a pool, empty pool and cover it for fall. If you have underwater sprinkler systems you'll want to flush out the water before the cold sets in. Blow air into the pipes to displace leftover water. You don't want them freezing and busting, costing costly repairs.
Homeowners with septic tanks should also pump them now before the ground freezes.
These tanks should be checked every year and cleaned at least every three years.
Remove and store window
air conditioners. Keep mounting hardware in a ziplock bag attached to the device, and store your air conditioner in a safe dry place to prevent corrosion.
Finally, decorate your home for fall!