Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Cooler Months
With fall just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to prepare your house for cooler temperatures that will in turn save you money on costly repairs during the colder months.
The best way to begin winterizing your house is from the outside, so here are some tips that will get you started:
Take Care of Your Lawn Now
In order to prevent spring weeds, be proactive and fertilize your lawn. It’s an easy task that will prevent damage and save you time in the spring when you’re eager to plant flowers and bring your outdoor space to life.
Get Those Leaves Up
The best part of fall is to see the leaves change from green to red, orange and yellow; however, if left sitting it will kill the grass and flowerbeds that you try so hard to maintain. If you have kids, it might take a few tries before you can get it all raked!
Clean Out the Gutters
It’s important to check gutters and rainwater downspouts to make sure there isn’t anything preventing water from passing through. If left alone, this can cause problems to the foundation of the house and ultimately cause unwanted leaks.
Turn Off Outside Faucets
While you’re organizing the shed, it’s a good idea to check all outside faucets to make sure that they’re turned off and hoses put away. While you’re at it, be sure to store away outdoor furniture so it’ll be in its best shape when pulled out in the spring.
Now that you’ve checked the exteriors of your house, it’s time to move inside. Here are a few tips:
Check for Drafts and Seal Them
If you hear creaky noises, rest assured that it’s not a ghost but instead a draft that’s catching the door or window. You can determine a draft by placing a candle near the door or window, and if it flickers, then you will know there is a nook or cranny where air is passing through. The best way to seal off a draft is by caulking around the window or door frame.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
A great gadget to have installed is a programmable thermostat that will save you a lot of money as it cools down and you have heat pumping through your house. It will adjust temperatures while you’re at home and when you’re at work or out and about!
Check for Carbon Monoxide
Most of your free time is spent inside during the cooler seasons, and it’s a good idea to have someone inspect for carbon monoxide to ensure that you and your family are safe.
Furnace and Chimney Maintenance
If you are accustomed to using a fireplace during the cooler seasons, we’d suggest that you schedule furnace and chimney maintenance sooner rather than later! They will test for leaks and it’s good to have the filter changed every sixth months.