It may still be warm and sunny outside, but cooler weather and early sunsets will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to prepare with these fall home tips, so you can sit back and enjoy all of the beauty of the season rather than making last minute fixes to your home. Here are a few tips to help make your fall prep a little easier:
Gutters – Have your gutters cleaned to ensure that the roof’s drainage system is working properly and able to keep all of that water from damaging your home’s exterior. Once they are cleaned, cover them with mesh guards to make next year’s task just a little easier.
Outside Water Sources – Before the temperatures start to get near freezing, winterize your outdoor faucets, hoses and irrigation systems.
Windows & Doors – Check for any draft spots around your windows and doors, and install weather stripping or caulking where necessary. Sealing leaks helps to keep heating and cooling costs down while making sure your home is comfortable. If you have removable screens, this is the time to clean and store them, and replace with storm windows.
Filters – Your furnace filters work hard to keep dust from accumulating throughout your home, so it is important to keep them clean. Clogged filters make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can cause increased heating bills. Filters should be cleaned or replaced monthly.
Furnace – It is a good idea to have your furnace checked annually by a professional to ensure it is working properly and for routine maintenance. Get this task scheduled for early in the fall, but you may need to have it done sooner rather than later if your furnace is not performing well or is making unusual sounds.
Fireplace & Chimney – If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it is important to have a professional inspect and clean your chimney, and ensure your damper closes tightly to keep out drafts. You should also clear out any ash and charred wood left from last year, if you haven’t already done so.
Safety Check-up – Fall is a good time for your family to review your home’s safety features and family’s evacuation plan. Replace batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and be sure your fire extinguisher is in good condition, and replace it if it is more than 6 years old.
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