Fall Home Maintenance for Arizona Homes
Arizona typically experiences extremely hot summers and while things do cool down in the fall, the list of items on an Arizonan’s fall home maintenance checklist is a bit different from most other regions in the United States. Here are the tasks which Arizonans should focus on:
- Maintain the HVAC and change air filters. Filters should be changed every 30-60 days.
- Check the hot water sources and appliances for leaks such as the hot water heater, the water meter and the drain/supply lines.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Dry air regions are at a higher risk for fire. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives.
- Well ventilated – avoid mold growth by keeping your high moisture areas well ventilated. Your kitchen, bathroom and laundry rooms should have fresh air supply and wet or damp clothes should not be left to sit.
- Trim back trees to a minimum of six feet from the house/roof. This will help keep rodents from getting on the roof.
- Clean window wells and check the caulking around the windows, stucco and trim.
- Clear debris from around outdoor condensing unit.
- Check that exhaust ducts are clear as well as attic vents.
- Inspect the existing weatherproofing for areas that need replaced around windows and doors.
A well-maintained home is a safer home and taking care of seasonal tasks can help prevent unexpected costly repairs. For more great tips, check out this checklist available from Phoenix.gov.