As fall quickly approaches, we are constantly reminded of the projects that lay there waiting for us to complete them. Now is the best time to get going on them, especially those that could have a large impact on how our home weathers the cold, winter storms. Taking a few days this fall to prepare your house could save you thousands of dollars and many headaches down the road.
Watch your Gutters
As the leaves begin to fall, oftentimes they end up in your gutter. If you don’t have a leaf guard installed on your gutters, now is a great time to get one, before the leaves really start piling up. After the majority of the leaves have fallen, you should take a close inspection of your gutters. Take the time to make sure that all leaves are removed and even give your gutters a good rinse. This allows all dirt and debris to be removed and takes the risk of the buildup of ice dams away from your home this winter.
Clean your Air Ducts
When the weather turns cold and you need the furnace, you want to ensure your home’s safety. If you have the capability, you can clean your air ducts, otherwise, you might want to have them professionally cleaned. This will help to ensure that fires do not start. It also gives you a chance to find out if your ducts are working properly, ensuring that there are no leaks or other issues that would result in higher utility bills and colder rooms.
Check your Windows
If you have storm windows, now is a good time to install them. This is also the best time to take an inspection of each window in your home to determine if any of them are leaking. Cold air leaks in the winter can lead to miserably cold rooms or a furnace that is forced to work overtime. The inspection won’t take long and only requires you to go to each window with incense or a lit match (only adults should do this) to see if the flame blows near the window. If it does, chances are you have a leak that either needs to be caulked or you might need a window replacement.
When you take the time to prepare your gutters, air ducts and windows for the fall and winter weather, you can ensure that your home is safe, warm and free from leaks during the cold winter months. A little effort now can save you plenty of work and expenses in the future!