While we’d all rather be trampling through the pumpkin patches, sipping cider, and daydreaming about Thanksgiving feasts, home maintenance waits for no one. Autumn is a great time to check a few things off your to-do list and get your home ready for winter. So roll up your sleeves and take a look at these tips to get you started.

Keep the cold out.

Feeling a little drafty now? Just wait until winter. Drafty doors and windows not only make for uncomfortable living spaces, but they also cause unnecessary energy loss and costs. That’s why it’s crucial to conduct a window and door audit of your home and install any necessary weather stripping or caulking to keep the warmth in and the cold out. If your windows continually allow cold air in or you see condensation between panes, it’s probably time to replace them.

Get your mind in the gutter.

Fall’s beautiful red and gold leaves mean clogged gutters and a whole lot of work if left for months on end. Clean your gutters and downspouts now and regularly throughout the fall and winter. Also, consider installing gutter guards to keep this task manageable (and bearable).

Inspect your furnace.

Before you really kick your furnace into full gear, consider having it serviced by a Shamrock Heating and Air Conditioning professional. Our precision tune-ups provide an inspection that will ensure your system runs efficiently, effectively, and safely. By inspecting, testing, tightening, and cleaning, this service can also help extend the life of your furnace. If it’s time to replace it, let Shamrock Heating and Air Conditioning help guide you on the best furnace to warm your home.

Keep in mind that fall is a great time to catch up on any home improvement and maintenance tasks that may have fallen by the wayside this summer. You’ll be glad you did in mid-January when the temperature has dropped, and the cozy fire is calling your name.