Fall is coming, and with it comes the same mixed feelings regarding school starting, summer ending, and the start of beautiful scenery and brisk fall weather. But before you can get out your overcoats and flavored hot chocolate, there’s a few things around the house you’ll want to take care of to make sure your home is prepared for the colder seasons! Get Your Mind IN The Gutter
Considering average summer rainfall in America, your gutter and drainage system probably went through a lot over the last few months. Make sure to get your gutter cleaned out before the leaves start falling and make a bigger mess - and this way you’ll have less to clean out when the snow melts next spring!
Button Up and Stay Warm!
This applies to both you and your house. While it may not have been as much of a problem over the summer, during fall you’ll want to make sure your home is properly sealed and insulated to keep the heat in and the cold out. Weather stripping and caulk can eventually degrade and cause gaps, exposing your home to the elements and running up your heating bill. Another way to prevent heat loss is by installing energy efficient replacement windows, such as specially designed vinyl windows treated to keep sunlight and warm air inside your home where it belongs.
Tidy Up Your Furnace
It’s probably been a minute since you’ve used your furnace, right? Before you fire it back up, get your furnace cleaned out. Sediment can build up in the bottom and cause a potential fire hazard, and if your furnace is still powered by water you’ll want to drain and clean the tanks before you subject it to a lot of use. This will keep your family safe and your home well-heated - and isn’t that what you need this time of year?
There’s plenty of other things you can do to get ready - new lightbulbs, cleaning air ducts, etc - but we think these should be your first steps in making sure your home is prepared for the colder months! Stay warm out there, everyone - fall is just around the corner!