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Technically, professionals recommend cleaning your gutters twice per year, in both the spring and fall. But if you’re realistically only going to clean them once per year, it’s best to wait until fall, after the majority of the leaves and branches have fallen, so you can be sure the gutters are properly cleared before winter.

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Installing a centerset-type faucet is something you may be able to do yourself — just follow the faucet manufacturer’s instructions.

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If you have a multi-stage system, your furnace will adjust its power based on need and ensure a consistent temperature. Single-stage systems will turn on and off more often. However, if it turns on and off frequently, you might have a problem. The thermostat might need to be recalibrated, or unseen air loss somewhere in the house is putting heat to waste. Ask a professional for advice if your system turns on and off too often.

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The first time you start your furnace each season, it’s not uncommon to smell a dusty or musty odor as the system revs up. But if the smell continues, ask a professional to take a look. A burning odor means you should shut it off and call for help immediately. And if you smell gas, leave the home immediately and contact your fire department and gas company.

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Five wine industry marketing professionals have launched a fundraising campaign for direct relief for those in California’s wine country affec…

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