The passing of the Labor Day Holiday for many signifies the end of summer: The kids are back in school, leaves are just starting to turn color, and there’s that lovely “crispness” in the air. As those summer vacations fade to pleasant memories you may want to take a few minutes and work on that Fall Home checklist. Here are the top five things you should do to get your home ready for winter:
FALL HOME PREP: Replace the furnace filter.
They call them “hose bibs,” but they’re actually the outdoor faucets around your home. It’s still a little early, but better to be early than late — no one wants to call the plumber to fix freezing pipes.
It’s a good routine, every Labor Day and Memorial Day replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. And, while you’re at it you may as well replace them in your thermostat as well. (Some people go as far as replacing all the batteries in their TV remotes.)
FALL HOME PREP: Make sure your home’s exterior meets the grade.
Walk around your home and make sure the soil is graded away from the building. Ensure no dirt is touching the exterior wood walls, and prune trees and shrubs so they’re not touching your siding or roof.
FALL HOME PREP: Look for leaks.
Check around your windows and especially doors. Are there any gaps? Now is a great time to apply weather stripping to seal up those energy-sucking gaps and holes. It can save you money later. Don’t know where the leaks are? Don’t feel bad–you’re not alone. We can help. Neil Kelly’s Home Performance Division specializes in hunting down air intrusions in your home and sealing them up. It starts with a free energy audit, where our specialists come in and identify energy-sucking problems. Schedule your free energy audit here.
Some of us are happy to say “goodbye” to all the heat and dry weather, but others are sad to see the long days get shorter. Either way you look at it, it’s best to be prepared for a change of season: It’s coming “weather” you’re ready or not.