Fall Maintenance Tips
Winterize air conditioning systems. Remove and store window units. If you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp or plastic sheeting and secure with bungee cords.
Get heating system ready for winter. Check for any leaks in windows or doors; these can cost an arm and a leg. Make sure heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture. Get furnace serviced/inspected at least every other year, preferably annually. As with the AC, this shouldn’t be a huge expense.
Clean and check your chimney. Chimney maintenance is a job for professionals, but there are a few things you can check for yourself. Make sure that the chimney cap is in good condition, and that it does not become clogged with leaves or other debris. A wire screen will keep debris and animals from getting down into the chimney. (Birds, raccoons, and other animals may build nests inside chimneys when they are not used frequently).