It’s hard to imagine in the dog days of August, but Fall is really just around the corner. Along with falling temperatures and Halloween, there are some important tasks you need to check on to make sure that things are in tip-top shape for the autumn and approaching winter. Many things are easy to “let go” in the summer, but severe weather is not nearly as forgiving. It’s better to take care of these issues under a warm sun than standing in cold pouring rain.
The Top Three Ways To Get Your House Ready For Fall
- Check all windows and doors for a tight seal
- Get your heat pump/AC serviced and chimney cleaned
- Clean the gutters and make sure they are in working order
It’s easy to miss a little draft of wind in the summer time from a loose window frame, but when the temperature falls at night in the autumn, those drafty windows and doors will make themselves known! If they are able to be sealed, now is the time to do so. Remember – NEVER seal a window shut, as it is a fire hazard to do so.
Chimney sweeps aren’t just for the old days! A top cause of house fires is from a dirty chimney. Who knows what animals have been making nests in your chimney all summer? It’s well worth the money to hire a professional to clean your chimney as the cool days approach. It’s much better to appreciate a cozy fire without being concerned it will burn your house down. It’s also the right time to get your heat pump serviced. This should be happening twice yearly, spring and fall.
Fall and rain are synonymous, and with leaves falling everywhere, that means that it’s easy for gutters to become clogged with a sopping, rotting mess. Make sure your gutters are debris free – you can even buy gutter nets to place on your gutters so that leaves can’t enter and cause chaos! It’s much easier to prevent this than to stand in the cold wind and rain and take care of it.
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