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Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter

Prepare Your Home for Fall and WinterAs the leaves start changing colors and the weather gets chilly, everyone knows that fall and winter are just around the corner. For many people, this means packing up their summer clothes, putting away the pool toys, and preparing for the upcoming cold season. But have you thought about getting your home ready for fall and winter? As the temperature drops, the changes inside your home will be your first line of defense, protecting you and your family from the harsh elements. Here are some tips to get your home prepared.

Check your heating system

Your home’s HVAC system plays a huge role in keeping your house warm and comfortable. Before the temperature drops, it’s important to get an HVAC maintenance check-up. A professional technician can address any issues that could affect your system’s efficiency. Getting your HVAC system checked can prevent further damages that could lead to more costly repairs down the line. Don’t forget to replace air filters and consider a programmable thermostat to help you save money on your heating bill.

Seal your windows and doors

Drafty windows and doors can cause a significant loss in heat, leading to increased bills. You don’t want heat escaping through any drafty spots in your home. Check your windows, doors, and even electrical outlets for cracks or gaps that might be letting in the cold air. If you find any issues, add weather stripping or caulking to seal up the leaks. This will keep the heat inside where it belongs, making your home cozy and warm.

Prepare Your Home for Fall and WinterPrepare for storms

Power outages during winter storms can leave you without heat, water, or electricity for days. Make sure to have candles, matches, canned food, and a manual can opener in a safe place. You might also consider investing in a reliable generator or an alternative power source such as solar panels.

Get your yard ready

To prepare for the winter months, it’s essential to get your yard ready too. Rake leaves to prevent mold and mildew buildup and clear dead branches or debris from the yard to avoid damage from heavy snow or ice. Prune your trees and shrubs before the first frost to help them survive the winter season and put away outdoor furniture. By doing so, you’re making sure your yard is ready to tackle any seasonal changes that come its way.

Protect your pipes

Frozen pipes are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Pipes burst frequently, causing water damage and expensive repairs. Before the cold weather hits, drain and disconnect outdoor hoses and faucets to prevent water from freezing inside pipes. Consider adding extra insulation to your pipes in unheated areas of your home like the garage.

Prepare Your Home for Fall and WinterCheck your gutters

Fall and winter are traditionally months with high precipitation, making it vital to ensure your gutters and downspouts are clean before the season starts. If left unattended, clogged gutters can cause damage to the roof, siding, and foundation of your home. Make sure to clean the gutters properly so water flows away from your home. You can also install a gutter guard to prevent debris from clogging them.

Preparing your home for the fall and winter seasons is essential to staying cozy, saving money on heating bills, and being safe from potentially dangerous weather conditions. Consider these top tips to keep your house in good shape and make sure you’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

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