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Lexington Fall Home Maintenance

Lexington, Kentucky has year round mild temperatures for all its seasons. The Lexington-Fayette County also encompasses the Ohio Valley, which gives it the distinction of both a southern and midwest region. Why this matters, will factor in on the type of seasonal maintenance updates. Lexington’s fall season features temperatures in the high 70s and 80s and lows in the 60s. In preparation for the cooler fall temperatures, now is the perfect time to get your home into tip, top shape.

Photo compliments of Flickr member: lu2shoot
Photo compliments of Flickr member: lu2shoot

Interior Maintenance Tips:

1. The Fireplace And Chimney: Cooler Lexington nighttime Fall temperatures will send people to their fireplace areas, more often. This means that chimney’s need to be cleared and cleaned. Seasoned firewood is best used in the Fall, but if you have a pile of firewood from the Spring, it is okay to use because it is designed to last a long time and burn safer and cleaner.

2. Interior Heating Checkup

-Continue to change your air filter, monthly.

-Have an HVAC contractor test, clean and examine your heating furnace. This is important because of carbon monoxide output that can be emitted from your in-home heating system. An HVAC contractor should also inspect your ducts and vents or homeowners should keep them dust free and keep them free from clutter.

-Check your windows and doors for air leaks which can cause high utility bills. You can fix these leaks with cost saving weather strips.

-Check your fire extinguishers if you have one and if you don’t now is the right time.

-Fall is the time to change your smoke detector batteries.

-If you have children, develop a fire escape route and practice.

Exterior Maintenance Tips:

1. Gutters: With the Lexington trees beginning to change beautiful reds, oranges, and yellow, many of their leaves may find their way into your gutters. Clogged gutters will have rain water falling to the ground, close to your home’s foundation, driveways, and sidewalks, which can cause structural damage or make surfaces slippery.

2. Yard Maintenance

-The Lexington beautifully colored leaves will definitely fall onto home lawns. Lexington has an ordinance on burning leaves, therefore, make raking leaves a fun family event.

-Patio maintenance will require keeping it free from leaves and limbs, packing up the summer and spring furniture.

-Drain and pack up the garden hoses. Wrap up the outdoor faucet structures with winterizing wraps so that they do not freeze.

-Water the lawn, especially if you have fall and winter grass known as Kentucky blue grass. Just because the temperature is cooler and drier, it doesn’t mean that your lawn doesn’t need some slight watering.

-Empty all the gasoline out of your lawn care, gas powered tools.

3. Generators: Lexington homeowners believe in keeping at least one “emergency generator.” Test the generator to make sure it is working, but don’t test it in an enclosed area.


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Nick Ratliff

Former electrical engineer & MBA Graduate turned Realtor in 2004

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