Getting your Home Ready for Fall
Let’s face it, summer is coming to a close and all might be dreading the cold months to come. But let’s not forget about fall, a season packed with football, pumpkin pie and heavy knits. Fall preparation is a must for many homeowners. Taking special care of your home during the fall season can lift a little anxiety in the winter months to come.
Fall Home Preparation
Let Your Home Breathe!
Before you close up for winter, make sure you give your home one last window session. You have to live indoor breathing dry air for almost 5 months, you and your home deserve a little fresh air.
Fall Cleaning Tips
Just like spring cleaning, you should give your home a thorough cleaning before boarding up. Depending on the chemicals you use to clean, (which I recommend Green products) you need to make sure you have a ventilated area to clean in. Keep in mind you are going to be happier to open the windows in the fall rather than the winter.
During any fall preparation, the changing of your filters is very important. Like stated before, you are going to be living in an enclosed space for many months. These filters need to be new or cleaned so your breathing air is suitable for an extended period of time. You can change them yourself or ask your local restoration hardware store to assist.
Energy is used in abundance during the winter season. Follow up with the California Energy Commission Center for further information on energy saving tips.
This goes along with the changing of your filters. Checking your furnace in the fall will help prevent it from breaking when you need it most. Your maintenance book should be helpful for upkeep instructions.
Your outside needs some tender care as well before the cold hits. Check your gutters frequently in the fall. If any leaves are left within the gutters during colder, snowier months, this can cause bigger problems once spring rolls around. Cleared gutters prevent ice and snow buildup, which can further damage your gutters.
Windows and Door Checks
Windows and doors may need their seals checked. This will help prevent drafts throughout the winter season. Plastic window coverings can also help with older windows in your home. This will save you money during the winter and keep your home warmer.
Minor Repairs Outside
Maintenance on the outside of your home is important too. Cracked driveways, leaky gutters and faulty siding and roofing can cause larger problems when the weather hits extremes. Make sure to do these minor maintenance checks before the problem escalates.
These simple steps can help with your fall home preparation. These tips can save you time and money during the winter months. Maintenance will also keep your home energy sufficient longer.
For further assistance don’t hesitate to call a local restoration company near you to help you with fall preparation.