When we get closer to the summer ending, it’s time to start thinking about preparing for fall and subsequently, winter. The two seasons usually mean colder weather, lots of leaves, and then lots of snow.
With all of that in mind, we want to help you prepare your home for these two seasons. It’s always best to prepare well in advance to avoid any problems.
Clear Out the Gutters
The gutters are bound to create problems for you when fall kicks in. You need to clear them adequately beforehand to have less clogging in the fall. However, sometime during the fall, you’ll have to do it again due to all the falling leaves and other debris. The winter is likely to be very cold, so it’s also best to drain your outdoor faucets during the fall to avoid frozen pipes.
Make Sure There Are No Drafts
Your doors and windows can cause many drafts if they are loose, or have cracks in them. To most people, it’s surprising how much warm air can be let out by a draft. Allowing the warm air in your home to escape due to inadequately sealed windows and doors means that you’ll be wasting electricity and money, so make sure to check all the seals on the entry points of your home.
Safely Store Equipment Used During Summer
Prepping your tools and equipment for the colder months can be quite extensive, depending on what kinds of appliances you’ll be storing. For example, the most common thing is the lawnmower. You won’t be using it in the fall and winter, and unused fuel can cause chemical changes which will damage the engine. To avoid such problems, it’s good to drain the fuel tank and safely store the equipment. The same goes for other equipment like leaf blowers and weed eaters.
If you have sprinklers, it’s best to disconnect the hoses and turn off their water supply because it can freeze in the winter and damage the system.
Service Your HVAC System
Preparing for cold weather always means that you need to make sure you’ll have a warm home when the time comes. Naturally, this means you should have your HVAC system serviced.
You can do some of this on your own. You can take a survey, making sure the heating vents are not blocked by furniture, for example. You can also clean any areas that are reachable without the use of specialized equipment.
However, it’s always best to get the entire system checked by professionals. They can make sure that the system functions correctly and that all the filters are clean. A lot can happen within your HVAC system as the seasons change. Most of these issues will occur in places that are not visible, and you may not notice without performing an extensive check of its inner workings.