The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, children are boarding school buses to return to class, and sweaters are finally lining the racks at clothing stores. All three of these point to one clear fact—fall is here! To prepare your home for the cooler months, there are many simple tasks you can cross off your list this weekend. Here are five of our simplest tips to get your home ready for fall.
Replace Your Filter
Indoor air quality is paramount during the colder months, since ceiling fans are turned off and windows stay closed. As a result, it’s important that you take the time to swap out your furnace filters now. The more time that you spend with your windows closed, the more important it is for you to place a fresh filter in the furnace. If you have pets or a great deal of dust in your home, it might also be wise to change your filter again before winter.
Cover Your Hose Connections
The small faucets scattered around the outside of your home that you connect the hose to should be taken care of and properly adjusted for the winter. While you might still use them once or twice during the fall months, forgetting to take care of your hose bibs can cause costly frozen pipes in the winter.
Update Your Batteries
Make a habit of changing and checking your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every time the seasons change. The batteries are the thing standing between safely evacuating your home in the event of a fire and sleeping right through a dangerous situation. It’s also a good time to check your thermostat batteries and condition. Last, if you have any other things around the house that use batteries, it’s a good time to check them.
Check Your Exterior
The winter and fall can be full of rain and snow, so it’s a good time to check your yard’s drainage. Ensure that all of the soil around your home is graded away from the building. Make sure that dirt isn’t touching any exterior wood walls and monitor trees and shrubs to see if they have any dead, dying, or damaged branches.
Check for Leaks
Look around your windows and doors for any significant gaps or leaks. Fall is the best time to sense and treat drafts so that you don’t waste your energy bills during the cold months. Fall is also the best time to get window replacements done if you find that your problems are bigger than just a little leak.
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