Fall brings such beautiful orange, yellow and red foliage. It’s easy to forget that colder temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions lie just around the corner. Following are seven steps to help you ready your home for the coming season.
- Clean the Gutters
You will want to clear your gutters of leaves and other debris. Make sure to clear your drainpipe and downspouts as well to prevent clogging. If you experience below freezing temperatures during the winter months, you will need to drain and weather proof all outdoor faucets.
- Clean the Fireplace and chimney
If your house has a fireplace and chimney, you should clear out the ash and charred wood. Hire a professional to clean the chimney itself. Request that the professional checks the damper within the chimney. You will want to ensure that is tightly closed to prevent drafts.
- Get a heating inspection
You can start by checking your home’s vents to insure they aren’t blocked by furniture, carpet, curtains or other obstructions. The cents and filters also need a good dusting and cleaning. Next, make an appointment with a professional for your annual HVAC check-up to ensure your heating system runs smoothly all winter long.
- Store AC units
You want to unplug, take down and store all removable window air conditioning units. Your central air unit may also need winterizing. Make sure to dust and clean the units before covering or storing them.
- Inspect for drafts
Locating and taking care of drafts early in the season will ensure that you stay warm, save energy and reduce your heating bills throughout the season. Start by examining windows and doors for cracks. Seal anything that you find to prevent drafts.
- Install storm windows
First, remove, clean and store any removable screens on your windows. Next, replace the screens with storm windows. The storm windows help prevent costly air leaks and drafts for a fraction of the cost of replacement windows.
- Inspect the water heater
Readying your water heater is one the best ways to prepare for the colder months. Start by draining the water heater and then clearing out any debris that has settled within the tank. You also can have your water heater inspected by a professional to ensure it’s in good working order.