Fall means leaves changing colors, cozy sweaters and hot chocolate. But fall also means winter is coming so it’s time to prepare your home for the cooler weather.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Gutters — With fall come regular gutter maintenance. Leaves can pile up, so either get a ladder to clean them out, or hire someone to do the job.
- Seal — Be sure to caulk around your windows and doors. This is an inexpensive fix that will ensure your home keeps the heat in, rather than letting it out during the chillier months.
- Check the fireplace — It will save you more money in the long run if you have it regularly inspected.
- Detectors — Make sure all your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly. Change batteries where necessary.
- Water — Drain your outdoor faucets and irrigation systems. You should be prepared for the cooler weather — pipes bursting is no fun.
- Air Conditioners — Just because you aren’t using them anymore, doesn’t mean they don’t need a little maintenance as well. Cover up your outside units with a tarp or waterproof cover to prevent rust.
- Roof — Check the shingles on the roof. It’s better to inspect it when it’s still reasonably warm out, rather than deal with it during a snowstorm.
- Fans — This one is super easy. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans so that they redistribute the warm air.
- Equipment — Cold weather is coming, so drain fuel from your yard equipment before storage.
- Pots — Don’t leave dirt in clay pots outside. The pots will crack upon freezing.