Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing and everything is pumpkin spiced for the season. But, before the days get shorter and Halloween flicks fill our Netflix queues, be sure to take the time to prepare your home for the change in seasons so you aren’t left out in the cold.
1. Get your HVAC Serviced
After pushing your air conditioning hard all summer, be sure to properly prepare it for non-use before setting it aside during the colder months. Ensure that its coils are cleaned, and you place a cover over it to keep out harmful debris and ice. And before you turn on your heater for the season, be sure to change the filter and double check that all interior vents are cleared and not being blocked by furniture or clutter.
2. Empty the Gutters
The changing colors of leaves is a fun staple of the Autumn season. However, it’s not fun when the leaves drop off and clog your gutters. Gutters full of leaves, twigs, and other gunk block the proper channel for rainwater to flow away from your house. Overflowing water will trickle down your house and seep into the ground directly surrounding your house, which could leak into your basement and cause a flood. Luckily, cleaning the gutters isn’t too nasty a task, especially if you have a one-story house and a leaf blower, though you can always call in a professional service if the task is too daunting.
3. Turn Off Sprinklers
In Spring, you should be outside enjoying your yard, not digging it up to replace your sprinkler system because your pipes burst from residual water expanding within them during winter when frozen. If you forget to drain and turn your sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets when Summer ends, that could potentially be you next Spring. Make time to winterize your sprinkler system and faucets accordingly before it’s too late.
4. Prepare for Colder Temperatures
Preparing your home for seasonally cold temperatures involves more than just busting out your favorite sweaters and blankets, it’s ensuring that the cold air stays out of your house, and the warm air stays in. Ensure exterior doors are properly weatherstripped to prevent such leaks. Also, if you feel like your windows are drafty but you don’t have the budget to replace them, consider installing cellular shades. These shades give your home a modern look but help reduce its overall thermal loss.