When the weather changes for each season, you need to keeping up with your home’s maintenance. Fall is the perfect time to get your home prepped for the coming cold months because it’s not too hot or too cold to get your tasks done.

If you need some help deciding what to get done around your home this fall, take a look at this guide and get ahead of the rest of the neighborhood:

Clear Out the Gutters

Gutters are important for your home to keep water from rain and melting snow away from the foundation. If the gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, you could see damage to the entire system and have no benefit for your home.

Clean the Fireplace and Chimney

Now that the weather will be getting cool and eventually colder, it’s a good idea to clean up your chimney and fireplace now instead of waiting until you need it. You can clear out ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself, but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional. You should also have the chimney cleaner check the damper to ensure it can be tightly closed to prevent drafts.

Check the Heating System

Along the same idea of having your fireplace ready before you need, the same goes for your home’s heating system. Make sure to call a specialist and have them ensure your furnace is running properly and perform and repairs if necessary. You can also do a survey of your home’s heating vents to make sure they’re not blocked or covered by furniture, carpeting, or curtains. Dust all the vents and clean all filters.

Check for Drafts

When it comes to your heating unit, you want that warm air to stay within the walls of your home right? Make sure that you check your home for any areas that Prepare for fall by checking for drafts. Stay warm, save energy, and reduce your heating bills by examining windows and doors for cracks. If you do find drafts, be sure to seal them properly to prevent drafts.