With the first day of fall behind us, and cooler temps on the way, here are some home tips to get ready for fall. The weather can change quickly, and we don’t want you to be caught unprepared!
Inside the home:
Check for drafts – around the edges of windows and doors. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames.
Have your furnace inspected – Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
Winterize your AC – If your home has central air conditioning, it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.
Test home safety devices – Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
Clean humidifiers – Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.
Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
Inspect the Roof – Even from the ground, take a look for loose or missing shingles, hire a professional if needed.
Inspect siding – Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.
Clean the gutters – Clean your gutters. Remove leaves, nests, and debris and check for leaks.
Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows and doors, if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows
Turn off faucets and store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.
Landscaping – Look for broken tree limbs, especially if near power lines or your home. Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs. Rake and remove leafs from yard. Bring in flowerpots and outdoor furniture.