Summer is in full swing, and will still be around for another month or so, but it’s never too early to plan for the fall! There are a number of ways to prepare your home for the cool air of fall, and we have three tips for you to get your home ready! First, check the insulation in your home, as well as any windows and doors for potential drafts! Second, take some time to inspect your roof and have your gutters cleaned in preparation for potential snowfall! Lastly, spend some time testing your home’s safety devices and replace or repair any systems that need it!
Check your Home for any Drafts
With the cool of fall comes the need to fire up your home’s heating system again, but it does little good if your home is letting all of the heat out! You should spend some time first checking the quality of your home’s insulation—if there are places where insulation needs to be replaced or reinforced, then ensure that you do so! Additionally, you should check each window and door for cracks and potential drafts! Energy efficiency is incredibly important when it comes to heating your home, and having windows and doors that keep the heat in and the cold out can go a long way towards keeping your electric bill low! If you find that you need to replace your windows or doors, don’t be scared off by the high price—after all, the money you save on your electric bill will more than pay for what you’ve bought!
Inspect your Roof and Gutters
While your windows and doors are crucial for keeping the cool air out and the heat in, your roof and gutters are arguably more important because they keep out the elements of fall! Have your roof checked for any potential weaknesses or leaks, and ensure that your gutters are clear of any blockages! Money spent patching or repairing a small portion of your roof is much less costly than having it give way under the weight of heavy snowfall or having it leak during heavy rain! In addition, your gutters are crucial in making sure that precipitation is flowing freely off of and away from your home!
Test your Home’s Safety SystemsWhile you certainly hope that your home’s heating system will operate as it should, incidents do sometimes occur and you’ll want to be sure that your home’s safety systems are up to snuff should this occur! You’ll want to test your home’s detectors and replace any faulty or old batteries! In addition, if you have a gas fireplace you’ll want to ensure that the system is operational and that there aren’t any leaks in the gas line! Having the system checked is relatively easy, and is a small expense in exchange for your home’s safety!