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Home Maintenance Checklist: 10 Summer/Fall Chores

We know you want to enjoy your last weekends of summer relaxing, but there are some home maintenance tasks that are waiting to be done. The longer you wait, the worse it gets. The best time to tackle these home chores is the late summer or early fall, so start checking off these items as soon as you can!

1.) Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.

Gutters are an often neglected part of our homes, but they are an essential for protecting our houses from water damage. No doubt many leaves have fallen and collected in your gutters so far, so its a good idea to get up there sometime soon to clear them out.

2.) Inspect your roof for damaged shingles.

Damaged/Missing shingles can be a warning sign for a more serious problem. You can inspect your roof yourself and even replace shingles by yourself, but if you have leaks or water coming into your house, you should have a professional roofer assess the situation. You can save a lot of money on more serious roof repairs by having a roofing professional inspect your roof for leaks and damaged areas.

3.) Using weather-stripping and caulk, seal any or cracks you find.

Inspect your home for proper sealing. If you can see daylight coming through any window or door seals, try weather-stripping and caulking the cracks. Use weatherproof caulk for any cracks less than 1/4″ and Expandable Foam Spray for any gaps larger than that. Inspect the weatherstripping on your doors and windows and replace them if damaged. Use door sweeps where you can.

4.) Sweep the chimneys.

This is a very important but often neglected summer/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.

Open dampers when using your fireplace, but make sure they are closed when the fireplace is not in use. Check to make sure the damper seals the space properly. You could be losing up 30% of your home’s energy efficiency with an open or improperly closed damper.

5.) Replace all of your air filters.

If you don’t remember the last time you checked your heating and air conditioning filters, they are most likely in need of one. You don’t want to forget about this one because if you do, airflow will be dramatically reduced, causing your system to work harder and possibly break down.

Click here to learn how to replace your furnace filter. Filters should be changed every 1-3 months. It’s the best thing a homeowner can do to maximize efficiency and extend the life of their HVAC system.

6.) Get professional maintenance.

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for keeping your system safe, efficient, and long-lasting.

We also offer an ongoing Home Maintenance Plan to help ensure you not only have regular heater/furnace tune-ups and maintenance checks but also saves your money!

7.) Purchase a programmable thermostat.

It will help you save money and energy. Schedule lower temperatures during sleeping and away hours. Learn how to fix a broken thermostat here!

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8.) Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

If you do not have a carbon monoxide alarm, have one installed. Over 200 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the US alone.

9.) Make sure you have proper insulation in your basement and attic.

Be careful though; it is possible to over-insulate your home. You want some ventilation. Have your Cassel Comfort technician inspect your home for proper insulation and sealing.

10.) Plant a Tree

Late summer/early fall is the best time to plant trees around your house to save on heating and air conditioning bills. Not only will you cut your energy costs, but strategic tree planting could add over $10,000 to your home’s value. It’s a win-win!

Shade east and west windows, but prune lower branches to prevent blocking the view.


This fall, make sure you are taking proper care of your HVAC system:

Keep your HVAC in top shape


Call Cassel Home Comfort Heating & Air to schedule your pre-season heating maintenance appointment! (217) 866-1596

Don’t forget to ask us about our other services, such as Boiler Repair and Indoor Air Quality. We are dedicated to providing the best possible service for you and your family. You can count our properly trained and equipped technicians to arrive on time and be respectful of your home and property; most importantly, our repairs won’t need repairs.