September Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Using metallic tape and duct mastic to repair gaps in heating ductwork.

Using metallic tape and duct mastic to repair gaps in heating ductwork.

To-Do #1: Service Heating and Cooling System

As the days get cooler, you may find yourself making that first switch of the thermostat from AC to heat. To make sure your heating system will keep you warm this winter, call in a licensed HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) professional to inspect and service the HVAC system in your home. In addition to changing your air filter, a HVAC professional can:

  • Test the safety controls that help prevent fires.
  • Clean the blower and motor and make sure they’re in good repair.
  • Test the furnace burner, switches, and thermostat.
  • Check the unit and ductwork for leaks.

You can also inspect the ductwork and seal ductwork cracks and leaks yourself. This is especially important if your ducts are in the attic, where they can accidentally get stepped on. Minor leaks can be sealed with special metallic duct sealing tape and duct mastic.

If your home doesn’t already have a programmable thermostat, now is a good time to have one installed or install it yourself.

A programmable thermostat allow can be set to automatically adjust your home’s temperature when you’re away or sleeping, which can save on both heating and cooling costs. For information about do-it-yourself installation, check out our video on Installing a Programmable Thermostat.

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  • Judith Markus Says:
    September 1st, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    We enjoy your show so much, even though it airs very early on our local cbs channel! We love the monthly updates and the info you provide both on the show and on the website. Printed out the fall list, even though we have lived in this house many years, it’s always good to have a reminder list of things that should be attended to. Might I mention one other: have your pest control company do a thorough check inside your home for evidence of insects/rodents. Even with the best pest control, things do happen, and can be overlooked if in an unused space.



  • Papa Says:
    September 1st, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve only got two more things to do on the list!


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    September 8th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Eleanor,
    Glad to hear you enjoy our show, thanks for the feedback!



  • Eleanor Riggins Says:
    September 8th, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I enjoy watching your show, information is so very helpful and informative.



  • Robbie Price Says:
    September 1st, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I would like to know more about lubricating your garage doors with engine oil. I have used white lithium grease, but they still seem loud.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    September 10th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Hi Mary Lu,
    You can find information about the door sweeps Danny talked about in our article on Smart Home Maintenance at http://www.todayshomeowner.com/smart-home-maintenance-and-improvement-tips-for-fall/
    Thank you for your interest!



  • Mary Lu Kennedy Says:
    September 9th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I just saw your show on Morning Blend and I didn’t catch all that you said about the door sweeps. Where could I see that again? Thank you.
    Mary Lu



  • Jim Day Says:
    September 1st, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Had a metal roof installed next to the back of my house over a wooden deck. It’s great sitting out with my coffee & enjoying mother nature. However it leaks under roof & the facial boards.. Help.
    Thanks,
    Jim



  • Ray Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I saw you installing a laminate floor that was like vinyl, was i seeing that right, if so, where can i get it?



  • Linda Cockrell Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Always enjoy Danny’s projects



  • Linda Cockrell Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Enjoy show very much.



  • SM Johnson Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Once again Danny provides solid advice on how to prepare your home for the new season. Cosmetic changes are always nice, but solid advice for safety and security in your home are top notch! Sharon, HomeMD Inspection Services



  • Marilyn Savitt-Kring Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    The ends of our concrete walks are breaking apart and crumbling. How can this be repaired? Thank you.


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