5 EASY FALL TIPS TO PREPARE
YOUR HOME FOR WINTER
Fall is an excellent time to start thinking about your home maintenance and to prepare for the colder season. With winter right around the corner, you will need to protect your home against the harsh conditions. Winter months can wreak havoc on your home if not prepared correctly. We’ve created this checklist for you to help you prepare and winterize your home.
1. CHECK HVAC UNIT AND CHANGE FILTERS
Beat the winter race and schedule to have your HVAC unit tuned-up in early fall. Doing so will help ensure that your furnace stays running well through the cold season. You may want to consider scheduling a technician to come take a thorough look. Bonus! They can also test for carbon monoxide leaks while they’re there.
2. CHECK DOORS AND WINDOWS FOR DRAFTS
Most doors and even some windows will have small gaps that let cold air into your home. To prevent drafts, you need to make sure your windows and doors are properly insulated. If you find drafts, place weather stripping or caulking to block the airflow, each of which you can buy at your local hardware store. This step will also help you save on your utility bill!
(BONUS TIP: You can also reverse the rotation of your ceiling fan to push the hot air down, potentially saving you more money!)
3. CHECK THE ROOF
Look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow. If necessary, you may want to hire a handyman to inspect the roof and to repair and replace shingles. Depending on the roof shape, you may also want to rake or blow off fall leaves that can hold moisture. If you have trees around your home, pay attention to any low hanging limbs. You may want to hire a tree service to remove them. A tree limb can do a lot of damage if it falls from wind or heavy ice.
4. CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts is a must-do every fall, but don’t overlook the importance! Grab your ladder and gloves to inspect your gutters and downspouts and remove any leaves, twigs, and debris. The main goal of cleaning out your gutters is to prevent water damage by forcing water to travel away from your home, but water can also leak into foundation and basements, which could cause cracks and mold.
5. TEST YOUR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
The winter season is the time most house fires are predicted to happen. It’s the time of year when we’re blasting the furnace and building fires. It’s also expected that we’ll have our home sealed tight, so carbon monoxide is a potential hazard. Check all your smoke detectors to make sure they are working and that they have good batteries.
When you winterize your home, it helps to protect it from long term damage and what could be expensive repairs. Completing these tasks should leave you feeling more at ease and prepared for the winter.