Believe it or not, the first day of autumn is almost here (September 23rd). To get your home ready for the cooler weather ahead, we’ve come up with a list of 5 fall home maintenance tasks to complete while the weather’s still warm.


The most important thing you can do, however, is to schedule your annual furnace tune-up. It is National Furnace Tune-Up Month after all. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system is crucial and sometimes a requirement for any warranties you may have on your equipment.

5 Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

This fall, make sure you take all of the necessary steps to ensure that your home, and especially your heating system, is working properly this fall and winter. Get started early so that these things do not get lost in the holiday hullabaloo:

Drain and winterize any outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.

Inspect all outdoor water faucets for damage. If they have a shut-off valve, close it off and turn on the faucet to drain any excess water in the faucets. For irrigation pipes, shut off the water supply and manually open all of the drain valves For more information about how to drain and winterize faucets and irrigation systems, click here. To help winterize your outdoor plumbing, hire a local plumber to ensure the job is done right.

Prepare all yard equipment for storage.

This includes lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain-saws. Be sure to drain the fuel from gas powered tools. Drain the fuel out of all your gas-powered yard equipment. If you let the gas sit in your equipment, it will gunk up in the bottom of your tank, causing clogs in your ports and fuel lines. Repair shops make a good living off of “bad gas” problems with yard equipment. Be smarter than the rest and run out your tank of gas  to avoid “bad gas.”

Stow away all patio furniture.

This is pretty self-explanatory. Protect your patio and yard furniture by storing them away during the fall and winter. Make sure they are completely dry before wrapping them up and storing them.

Sweep the chimneys.

This is a very important but often neglected fall task. Creosote, dust, and soot has been building up in your chimney for a while now and it is time to “Chim Chim Cher-ee” your chimney. You can do this yourself, but it is recommended that you get a professional to clean your chimney so the job is done right. Neglecting this task puts your home at a much higher risk for chimney fires.

Schedule professional HVAC maintenance.

Just like any complicated piece of machinery, HVAC maintenance is essential for keeping down energy bills, extending the life of your system, and addressing safety concerns. September is National Furnace Tune-Up Month. You will save money and get fast service by  scheduling your preventative maintenance early.

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