Preparing Your Home for Fall Weather

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Fall will soon be upon us, folks. That means cozy scarves, comfy boots, pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather and colorful leaves. During all the excitement of preparing for the fall, it’s important we don’t forget about also preparing our homes.

We’ve put together a list of things to do before the fall weather hits full force in the coming weeks. Check it out!

Have Your Heating System Inspected

It’s good to have your heating system checked once a year. What better time than right before you will actually need to use it? Hire a professional to come out right before cold weather starts to ensure your system is functioning properly.

Check and Clean Fireplace

Have a professional check and clean your fireplace to ensure there are no hazards or damage. Having a nest at the top of the chimney could lead to dangerous conditions if you unknowingly light your fireplace before removing it.

Change Air Filters

You should change your air filters every few months. Fall is a great time to change your filter. Plus, a clean filter will help keep your family healthier during fall and winter.

Check for Drafts

Check the seals and caulking around your windows to ensure they’re in good condition. Leaks can not only make your home colder, they can also make your electric bills rise substantially during the fall and winter months.

Install Storm Windows

If you live in a home with removable screen or an area that requires them, fall is the right time to install your storm windows.

Check Fire Extinguisher

During colder weather, we are constantly heating our homes. This increases the risk of house fires. Be sure to check your fire extinguisher to ensure it is properly functioning.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Like we stated above, colder weather means the use of heaters and fireplaces. It’s important to ensure your smoke and other detectors are working properly during these months.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Cooler weather also means the days are shorter. Having outdoor lighting, like lanterns along the walkways and paths, as well as spotlights near the garage, are essential in the fall and winter months.

Check and Clean Gutters

One of the most important parts of preparing for fall and winter is having your gutters cleaned at least once (although during the fall we recommend 3 times). Have one of our professionals come inspect and clean your gutters before the fall foliage starts to take over.

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