Essential Fall Checklist

It’s time to prepare for fall! Check out this helpful to-do list to help you successfully welcome the new season.

Does the smoke alarm work? Are downspouts and gutters clean? And doesn’t the chimney need some attention? Do these questions sound familiar? If so, that’s because it’s time once again to replace screen windows with glass, stock up on hot chocolate and prepare for the change of season. To help you get back into the spirit of winterizing your home, we’ve compiled a checklist of some of the most important to-dos.

Remember to:

    1. Install carbon monoxide detectors near all combustion appliances.
    2. Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Most of these safety devices require a fresh pair of batteries at least once a year. But it pays to do your homework, so consult the manuals.
    3. Replace the furnace filter. A clean filter will improve the flow of air, which will make your home more temperate and help to lower utility bills.
    4. Check the dryer vent to ensure that the plastic housing is tight and that the flap swings freely.
    5. Arrange for a professional to inspect all fuel-burning appliances, such as your furnace, hot water heater, fireplace and gas range. Annual inspections of all fuel-burning appliances help to safeguard against carbon monoxide poisoning.
    6. Don’t forget to replace the screen windows with glass! And while you’re out there, remember to inspect storm windows for cracks, holes, or signs of wear and tear. Consider hiring a professional if storm windows look like they are in need of serious repair.
    7. You may want to consider covering windows with plastic to help keep the heat in.
    8. Repair damaged or worn caulking on windows and doors to lock heat in and keep cold air out.
    9. Remove obstructions that might clog gutters and downspouts.
    10. Make sure that downspouts are sufficiently sloped to carry water away from your home’s foundation.

Source : Procter & Gamble web site

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