Whether you’re ready for it or not, fall has arrived. As the days get shorter and the temperature more brisk, it’s time to put away the lawn furniture and get your house prepared for what’s in store over the next six months. Here are some tips on things you should do now to help make your home more comfortable during fall (and winter!)
- Clean Out, Repair and Secure Loose Eavestroughs And Downspouts
Make sure to have your eavestroughs clear of debris and downspouts tightly fastened to help protect your roof and your foundation from water and ice damage.
- Repair Exterior Caulking Before Winter
Cracked caulking can cause damage to your windows and will be a source for water to get into your home. Repairing exterior caulking will make your home less drafty and more comfortable while protecting your windows and helping you save on your energy bills!
- Fix Cracks in Your Weather Stripping
Cracks from summer sun and aging reduce the effectiveness of weather stripping to keep the cold out. Weather stripping should be replaced every few years for the best result.
- Repair Any Loose Roof Shingles
Your roof is critical to the integrity of your home. Damaged shingles can cause water leakage into the attic or the space between the roof and your top floor. Also take notice of missing shingles – an indication you have a potential roof vulnerability.
- Turn Your Furnace On
Best way to make sure that you’ll be comfortable this winter is to test your furnace before the really cold winter weather hits. If you’re not sure how well your furnace is working, you’ll have time to have it inspected. Don’t forget to change your air filters too!
- Check and If Necessary, Replace Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
Winter is the season when we are indoors almost all the time and your furnace – and other heat sources – generate carbon monoxide as they heat your home. A carbon monoxide detector monitors levels in your home and will alert you if levels ever rise. Make sure you test your detector regularly and change the batteries.
- Ensure Your Smoke Alarm Is Working
Most home fires occur during the winter, an important reason to check your smoke alarm. Don’t forget to change your batteries on a regular basis too
- Protect Pipes in Unheated Areas Around Your Home
Frozen pipes can cause some serious damage. Look around your home, especially areas where it is not heated and where pipes may run through such as crawlspaces, basements or garages. Wrap the pipes with pre-made foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation. This will reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing in the winter and bursting.
- Turn off any faucets outside
Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water.
Check out our how-to video below!
- Put your air conditioning unit to rest
A/C window units should be removed and properly stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions before winter in order to protect the unit and help keep cooler outside air from getting inside.
Whole home A/C units should be powered down from the breaker in your main electrical panel. If you have a safety shut-off switch located outside by the A/C unit that should be turned off as well.