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November 16, 2021

Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather

We’re well into the cooler season, and while many homeowners are spending time decorating and thinking about holiday feasts, there are actually a few things you’ll want to scratch off your to-do list to make sure your home is ready for the cooler months

Take a look at these 5 things you should do sooner rather than later to prep your home for fall and winter:

Clean your gutters

Most homeowners clean their gutters 1-2 a year, depending on the climate where you live. Make it a point to clean your gutters during the colder months to clear them of any leaves, branches, and debris that has accumulated. Allowing your gutters to fill up too long becomes an invite for pests, rodents, and expensive repairs.

Check your HVAC filter

This is one of those things that is easily forgotten (out of sight, out of mind). Since you might run your heating more during the cooler months, you’ll want to make sure your filters are clean at all times. Otherwise, your HVAC will have to work harder, and you’ll run the risk of paying extra on your monthly bill.

Disconnect outdoor hoses

It may not seem like a big deal to leave hoses connected to the spigot (the metal piece attached to your home. But doing so can cause serious damage. If water is trapped inside the spigot or hose, it can freeze once the temperature drops. This can cause the hose or spigot to burst – or worse, the water pipe inside your home. No one wants water
damage, so do yourself a favor and just disconnect your hoses.

Inspect outdoor lighting

We all know that the cooler months mean we enjoy fewer hours of daylight. This is the perfect time to make sure you’ve got fresh bulbs outside your home. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your bulbs, we suggest swapping them out for fresh ones and you won’t have to worry about them. Think about your front and back porch, any string lights, and additional lighting surrounding your home. The lighting not only looks good, but it also helps you see any ice on your sidewalks in the chilly winter months.

Clean the chimney

If you plan to use your fireplace this season, be sure to have it properly cleaned beforehand. Especially if it’s been a while since its last use. Chimneys are of course exposed to the elements – leaving it open to leaves, debris, and even a place for birds to build nests. These items can become a fire hazard if not removed before lighting your
fireplace. Depending on the size of your home, you might be able to handle this task yourself – but if you’re uncomfortable, reach out to a professional chimney cleaning company.

Before we get too far along into the cooler months, we advise you sit down and make a list of things you need to get done. It’s in your best interest to take care of these things early, so you don’t run into any major issues down the road.
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