Football is on TV, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin-spiced beverages are flowing freely. Fall is here again, and with it comes challenges for maintaining your home. Follow these tips to be sure your house is ready for everything autumn will throw at it.

De-Gunk Your Gutters

Falling leaves are the natural enemies of your home’s gutters and downspouts. Clogged, overflowing gutters can spell trouble for your home’s foundation. Prepare for the autumn downfalls by removing debris from your gutters at the beginning of the fall, and once again once the trees are bare at the of the season. Be sure to check gutters and downspouts for any damage that could affect their performance and consider installing gutter guards to greatly reduce the effort you’ll put into this task next time.

Repair the Roof

With the rain and cold that comes along with autumn, this is no time to have loose or missing shingles. Before the winter snow takes residence on your roof, do everything you can to prevent leaks by assessing and repairing any roof damage now. Even small leaks can lead to big damage in the long run, so it’s best to address any issues as soon as possible.

Inspect for Drafts

Drafts belong in your fantasy football league, not in your home. With the cool autumn nights on the way, you’ll want to ensure that your house is as close to airtight as possible to promote efficient heating. Identify and replace seals around drafty windows and doors or consult a heating professional to help optimize your home’s energy performance. This simple step will pay off bigtime on your autumn heating bill.

Schedule an HVAC Tune-up

Speaking of heating, you’ll want to be sure that your home’s HVAC system is in top shape before temperatures begin to drop. Schedule an appointment with a heating professional to give your furnace a onceover and ensure that everything is working as it should. This simple preventative measure can also impact the efficiency of your system, adding to even more savings on your home’s heating costs.

Keep these tips in mind and your home will be ready for the cooler weather of the autumn months.