Sure, it’s only the second week of August, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about the fall home maintenance projects that need to be done. Before the days get too short and the weather cools down, it is important that you prepare your home for winter. Being in California, it’s not like you have to have your water pipes insulated or have your snowblower checked out, but it does mean that there are maintenance steps all homeowners should follow.

Total Care Heating and Air, your trusted AC service in Corona, offers these handy home maintenance tips to do this fall.

Get Your Mind in the Gutters

The drainage system on your roof is able to divert thousands of gallons of water away from your foundation, unless your gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters can lead to all sorts of trouble if not cleaned on a regular basis. So take the time to make sure your gutters are clean and in good working order.

Deal with the Roof

Since you have the ladder out and are cleaning the gutters anyway, you may as well go ahead and check on the condition of your roof. There are few problems more frustrating than a leaky roof. And that is what you will have if you don’t spot problems when they are small.

Start by inspecting your roof from the top to the bottom. Check shingles for cracks, peeling or to see if you have a few missing. Check your gutters for large accumulations of granules, this is a sure sign that your roof is losing its coating. If so, you can expect problems are not far behind.

Look for damage to the metal flashing as well.

Change the Filter

HVAC filters trap dust and debris that would otherwise be blown all over the inside of your home and get deposited on your floor and furniture. Filters clog up pretty quickly and need to be changed on a regular basis, as often as once a month if necessary.

Your Furnace Needs a Physical

It’s a good idea to call your HVAC service and have them take a look at your furnace. We would be happy to do so. In fact, it’s a good idea to get an early start on this before the heating season begins.

Your HVAC professional will check the components of your furnace to ensure they are working properly. If there is a small problem, it can be addressed right away before it becomes a big problem that is expensive to fix.

Check the Fireplace

Even if you only use your fireplace on occasion, it’s a good idea to have it checked out in the fall. Any accumulation in your chimney could result in a devastating fire.

Safety Features

Fall is a good time to check your home’s safety features. You need to replace the batteries and test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire extinguishers should be checked to ensure they are charged.

Fertilize the Lawn

If you want to have the best looking lawn on the block next summer, then you should fertilize in the fall. Apply the fertilizer a few weeks before the end of the mowing season and it will provide nutrients for your lawn all winter long. Come spring, your grass has an edge over the competition.

Total Care Heating and Air is committed to excellent customer service 24 hours a day. We are background checked, drug tested and professionally trained and we have ongoing training to make sure we fix it right the first time. Call us today.