It’s officially Fall, and the leaves are busy presenting their picturesque transformation. The weather is cooling, and there are things to do around the house. Owning a home means that you are responsible for various maintenance tasks throughout the year.
Before it gets too cold outside, take the time to do your yearly Fall chores. Wrap it all up with some gorgeous interior decorations, and your home will be prepped for the holidays ahead. Here are a few tips and tricks to prep your home for both Fall and Winter:
Remove pests and critters
You may find that the threat of pests grows during the colder months as they look to take shelter in your home. Sadly, their presence can pose a series of health risks while also putting home assets in danger. Calling animal control services near you is the best solution by far. They can remove unwanted guests and prevent them from returning.
It’s important to do this before they cause damage to your property or family. This is the perfect time of the year to complete the process before the winter weather truly settles. Once this step has been completed, you can begin to focus on some of the other preparations.
Reprogram your digital thermostat
Your thermostat doesn’t know your cooler weather habits, so it may need a little help figuring it all out. Lower the temp in your home during the hours of the day when there is no one home to conserve energy. Keep it warm inside when everyone is active to ward off sniffles and colds.
Clean and inspect your fireplace
There’s nothing like a quiet night by the fireplace when the weather is chilly. It’s time to get your fireplace ready for burning. Your chimney should be checked for bird’s nests or any other obstructions.
If it’s been a while, the chimney should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the risk of added fire hazards. If you have a gas fireplace, you should remove all the dust and check the pilot light for safety.
Clean the furnace and change the filter
Your home’s heating systems should also be thoroughly inspected before the cold weather is here. Clean up the grime and dust around your furnace, and change out the filter. Clean air is important for you and your family’s health.
If you have an outdoor unit, it’s smart to winterize. Clean coils and cover the unit to protect it from freezing temperatures and debris.
Switch to warmer bedding and clothing
It’s time to take out the warmer bedding and throw blankets for the couches. Swap out short-sleeved shirts for long-sleeved shirts, and drag out the jackets. Setup the mudroom for muddy shoes and snow-soaked jackets, and swap interior decorations for warmer fall colors/patterns.
Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Using the heat in the winter poses a certain level of risk for a house fire or a carbon monoxide leak. It’s imperative that you check the batteries and performance levels of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Prep your landscaping for cold weather
There are plenty of Fall maintenance activities to complete outside of your home as well. If you want your perennials to make it through the winter, it would be wise to lay down some wood mulch. The mulch blocked the freezing temperatures from reaching the roots of your plants.
How do you prep your home for colder weather? Let us know in the comments below!