I just posted a blog about the danger of a chimney fire and the need to have your chimney cleaned before the heating season. http://activerain.com/blogsview/230455/Clean-that-chimney
After posting that, I thought that I should place a more comprehensive list of things to do as Autumn rolls along.
If you're a home owner, don't forget to.....
- Close fireplace damper when not in use
Fix leaky faucets
Unclog slow-running drains
Inspect and replace filters as necessary
Clean/vacuum coils of both the compressor (outside) and Air Handler (inside) of your heat pump
Clean/vacuum heating ducts, grills, and registers
walk around the house exterior to check general condition
Replace smoke and fire alarm batteries (at least twice per year)
Inspect and clean fireplace and chimney
Clean upper-story windows (twice per year)
Inspect window screens and insulation, and install storm windows
Inspect weather-stripping around doors and replace as needed.
Cut back any trees or shrubs touching the roof or exterior (twice per year)
Clean gutters and inspect downspouts (twice per year)
Trim, cover, or bring in outdoor plants as needed
Perform seasonal pest control (quarterly)
AAAAAhhhhhh.. the Joys of Home Ownership.........
These and other tips may be found on my web site http://home2spec.com/home_maintenance_checklist.htm