Knock, knock. It's your holiday guests, ready to be wined, dined, and entertained! It’s also the season for hayrides, hay fever, cobwebs, and leaves to make their way into your home. Set your overworked thermostat on ECO, and open the windows for fresh air. Also, pick a few of these tasks to prepare for winter.
Clean exterior window sills. Remove the screens and scrub the sills where dirt, bugs, leaves, mold, and moss can accumulate. Right now it's only natural to wonder why you wanted a house with windows, but at least you’ll feel better about keeping your windows open.
Dust or wipe down all light fixtures, ceiling fans, and air duct returns. Your lights are on more in the winter, so make sure they’re clean and bright. Wipe down everything above your waist, like picture frames and door jams. Use your vacuum tools and a low suction setting to clean the tops of draperies. Vacuum as the last step to pick up any dust that dropped. While you're at it, reverse your ceiling fan to clockwise rotation, which will force heat down from the ceiling during the winter.
Clean the kitchen cooking vents. Remove the filters and soak or wipe them down with hot, soapy water and allow to dry before replacing.
Clean your front door and porch. Make a great impression on your visitors by wiping down the entry door and sweeping up the leaves and grass that have accumulated in the corners of the porch. Wipe down your porch lights also.