Well it is official…fall is in the air!
School is back in session, cooler temperatures are upon us, the leaves are changing colors, and soon enough we will be in the full-swing of the Autumn season with the flickering glow of jack-o-lanterns at night. While many people take advantage of this time of year to watch their favorite football team, go deer hunting, or spend time preparing for the upcoming holidays, Autumn is also a great time to perform some household maintenance to get your home ready for winter.
A few tasks you may want to consider:
- Clean the leaves out of your gutters, and inspect your gutters and downspouts for any damage or leaks.
- Disconnect any water hoses from your household spigots, and make sure all the valves are fully closed to prevent freezing pipes.
- Remove any window air-conditioner units from your windows to prevent unnecessary cool air drafts.
- Clean or replace your furnace’s filter, and vacuum or clean your air vents to prepare your home for winter heating.
- If you have a fireplace or wood stove, autumn is a good time to inspect your chimney, flu, or stove-pipe vent for any debris that may cause a fire or build-up of smoke.
- Replace all the batteries in your household smoke detectors and CO2 detectors.
- November 6th is the start of Daylight Savings, so be sure to set your clocks back.
And lastly, enjoy the season, it is a wonderful time of year to get outside and enjoy the cooler fall temperatures, breathe in the fresh air, and spend time with your family and friends.