Fall is a time of change, in more ways than one. Yes, the leaves may be changing colors – depending on where you live – but the temperatures are changing as well. As the days get shorter, the sun has less of a chance to warm your property, and your home is going to have to transition into a new time of year. To make sure your home is ready for the coming winter, consider completing the following home maintenance tasks this fall.
#1 – Gutter Cleaning
This is a top-priority for anyone who has a house that is surrounded by trees. The trees on your property will likely be dropping all kinds of things onto the roof of your house this time of year, and those things are going to collect in the gutters. You need to have your gutters clear and ready to drain water as winter arrives, so clean out the gutters as necessary to provide water with an easy path to drain away. Water that gets stuck on your roof or in your gutters can cause major damage, so this is a maintenance point that should be at the top of the list.
#2 – Check Your Windows
With the return of cold weather means turning your furnace on once again. While using the heater in your home is inevitable in the winter, you don’t want to have to run that heater more than necessary. To avoid outrageous heating costs, take a look around your windows and caulk any openings that you happen to find. By keeping cold air out of your home through the use of caulking around your windows, you will be able to hopefully run your furnace a little less often through the chilly season.
#3 – Prep Your Fireplace
Do you use a fireplace to help keep your home warm in the winter? If so, have a professional come in and check the fireplace before you start to use it for a few months. There are a few problems that can pop up with fireplaces as they age, and these problems are going to be best-caught by a pro who has experience in this field.
#4 – Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
This is a neat trick – and another one that can help you to save on heating costs. Before winter arrives, change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it is blowing up toward the ceiling instead of down toward the floor. Since warm air rises, you will be pushing the warm air that is hanging out up by the fan into the ceiling and redistributing it around the room as it spreads out.
#5 – Clean Up Your Yard Gear
Now that you are probably done using tools like your lawnmower and string trimmer for the year, take a few minutes to clean up all of your lawn gear properly. Allowing these pieces of equipment to sit dirty all winter long is a bad idea, and you might find that they are not in very good shape when spring rolls back around next year.