September is right around the corner, which means autumn will be here before you know it. Cold weather can change a lot about how your house functions, so it’s important to make sure everything will continue running smoothly. Here are a few things you should do to prepare your home for the changing seasons.
Check your furnace. The days will grow colder as the fall season gets underway, and you may eventually end up using your furnace. It would be a good idea to ensure that it is in working order before the cold weather settles in. Change out the filter for a new one, and clean out any dust or debris. Check the furnace for any signs of damage–this includes things like cracks, strange noises, or strange smells. Consider having a professional HVAC technician inspect your furnace and air conditioner.
Do an overall fire-safety check. There is nothing like a cozy fire, a warm wood stove, or a fragrant candle on a cold autumn night. Unfortunately, with all of these comforts come an increased risk of fire. To prepare for this, make sure that there is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home. Test if the detectors are working and change out the batteries if needed. You should also ensure that you have a functioning fire extinguisher in an easily accessible spot and teach everyone in your family how to use it. Clear spaces around fireplaces, heaters, furnaces, and stoves as you won’t want anything flammable close while you’re using them.
Check the exterior of your home. Look at the roof for damage such as cracked or missing shingles and replace them. Check and clean the gutters. If your area gets freezing temperatures, check your driveway for cracks that are more than ⅛-inch wide and fill them in with a cement repair filler. If any water gets into those cracks and it freezes, it will expand and make the cracks even bigger.
Cover/Store Outdoor Furniture. Outdoor furniture may be made to weather the elements, but it’s a good idea to put these items into storage for the winter. This will significantly increase the life of your outdoor furniture. If you don’t have a place to store them, simply cover your items with a tarp or insulated coverings to protect them from the elements.
As you pull out your sweaters, boots, scarves, and get excited about pumpkin spice, don’t forget to prepare your home for the incoming cold weather. This will ensure everything will continue working properly and create the perfect cozy autumn you’re looking forward to.