Summer has gone and autumn has arrived. It’s time to get your home ready for upcoming colder months. Here are some tips to use when getting your home prepared for fall and winter:
Landscape and Garden
In addition to raking leaves, autumn is the time to clean out your garden. (Look at this interesting hack for raking using cardboard!):
Your lawn should be aerated, fertilized and reseeded (if needed). Perennials may need to be covered to protect them from winter elements. Fall is the time to plant most spring bulbs.
Be sure to turn off outside water spigots for winter to prevent frozen pipes. Store landscaping hoses inside.
Have a pool? Now is the time to close it for the season.
Patio furniture and cushions should be stored.
Detectors for your Home
Before you turn on the heat and use the fireplace, fall is the perfect time to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries.
Having the heating system serviced during fall will ensure you do not have a problem and lose heat during winter. Be sure to change air filters. If you have a humidifier, it’s time to clean and replace its filter, too.
Re-program your thermostat to a lower temperature at night and when you are not at home.
Fireplace and Chimney
The chimney should be cleaned by a professional. Check the damper to make sure it is closed to prevent drafts.
Check around your home to make sure it is well insulated with no cracks or other places for heat to escape. It’s also time to invest in thermal curtains (also called black-out curtains) to keep your home warm. If you have drafts under any doors, think about getting purchasing door draft stoppers. Doors and windows may need new weatherstripping.
New windows may be on your list for autumn. Newer windows not only look great, but offer substantial energy savings.
Is your attic insulated? If not, consider having some added to avoid heat loss.
When mowing season is over, be sure to empty and clean your lawnmower.
Roof and Gutters
Visually inspect your roof. If there are loose or damaged shingles, you will need to replace them.
When all leaves have all dropped have the gutters cleared to avoid water or ice build up.
Run your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction in fall and winter. This will cause an updraft and force warm air down from the ceiling.
It’s time to pull out the blankets and warmer duvets. If you have flannel sheets, now is the time to place them on your bed. Cozy throws in the family room or bedroom are another nice addition for fall.
Need help with your fall home projects?
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