The end of summer can mark a lot of things- kids go back to school, football season kicks off and the holidays start to feel like they’ll be here before we know it. In the midst of potential chaos, Mor Furniture is here to help you with the transition. We’re sharing a few key tips to prepare your home for the winter season ahead.
We’re working from the inside out, Mor Presents your maintenance checklist for fall.
As we head into cooler months heaters will be turned back on and fireplaces will resume usage. Call a professional licensed heating contractor and have your heating system checked out. Having a properly serviced heating system will allow you to use fuel more efficiently, it will last longer and you’ll have fewer problems as temperatures really start to drop.
If you enjoy the more nostalgic fireplace method for heating your home we strongly recommend hiring a company to come in and clean out your chimney. Throughout the summer birds may have created nests, dirt and grime may have built up and the last thing you want to do is send smoke and carbon monoxide back into your home.
Time to switch things up, change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft. This will redistribute warm air from the ceiling. You will also want to clean out your humidifiers on a regular basis during the winter months. Bacteria and spores can start to grow in dirty water tanks, you know what that means- unclean moisture misting into your home, gross.
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Take a look around your home, examine all of your windows and doors for cracks and apply new weatherstripping. Not only does this help to keep your home well insulated, but it can also cut energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of any drafty doors to help keep cold air and unwanted critters out.
Time to clean out those dryer vents. Lint build up in your dryer vent can hinder the efficiency of your machine and could even cause a fire. The cool, dry fall weather increases static electricity, one spark is all it takes to ignite lint built up in the hose. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents out for you or you can clean them out yourself.
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Watch the foliage. Trimming tree branches and reseeding the lawn are commonly taken care of during fall in preparation for harsher winter weather. You’ll want to make sure you rake those leaves up too, leaving them on the ground for too long will cause unwanted moisture to build up and will ultimately lead to rot.
Unless you’re living further south where the weather stays the same year round
it’s important to shut off exterior faucets and store your hoses. This will help to protect your pipes from freezing temperatures. Make sure you let all of the water drain properly once you’ve shut off the water supply, it could cause cracks and further damage.
Clean those gutters. If gutters are filled with leaves and other debris water will start to back up. This can seep into homes if it’s got nowhere else to go causing an extremely long list of problems. Many landscape professionals recommend cleaning out your gutters every fall and spring to keep things moving. With that said, make sure your drainage areas are cleaned out too. Consider installing gutter guards to make things a lot easier.
Your roof, one of the most important things to take care of before the weather takes a turn for the worst. Now that the weather is cooling down, you’ll want to get up there and inspect your roof or, if you’re not comfortable on a ladder, hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for usual wear and tear.
There are a couple of things you’ll want to look for while you’re up there- if shingles are curling, buckling or cracking you’ve got to replace them. If you see extensive damage it may be time to replace the entire roof. And while you’re up there you’ll want to look for gaps and/or cracks around skylights, pipes, and chimneys. While you’re at it, take a look around at the siding of your home and the foundation. Heavy snow and/or rain will always find its way in.
We all know accidents happen, leaks happen, pests happen, but taking a few extra steps before the weather changes could make all the difference. Let us know in the comments below what you do to prepare for the colder months ahead. Until next time, Mor Furniture wishes you a very happy fall!