While it may not feel like it now, we know sweater weather is right around the corner. Check out some of our favorite tips to help get your home autumn ready.
Lavish your lawn.
According to landscapers, fertilizing your lawn in autumn protects it over the winter and helps it green up faster in the springtime.
Time to plant the tulips!
If you plant bulbs for spring, now’s the time to get them in the ground.
Get in the gutter.
Clogged gutters can eventually damage your home’s foundation and basement. Remove leaves, twigs, and debris to prevent clogged gutters and downspouts. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets.
Prepare your patio.
Clean and store your seasonal furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.
Do away with drafts.
Reduce your heating bill by checking for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames.
Test your HVAC to stay toasty.
Beat the winter rush and schedule an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, clean the coils, and change the filter.
Check out your chimney and fireplace.
You can clear out ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional. Gas fireplaces also need an inspection to ensure the pipe is free of cracks that can allow smoke to enter your home. This job is also best left to the pros.
Freshen your filters.
Clogged filters make it difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and can serious increase your utility bills. A simple monthly cleaning is all it takes to keep these filters breathing free and clear.
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans.
A simple trick to cut your heating cost is to reverse the blade direction on your ceiling fans when the air turns chilly. Rotating them from counterclockwise to clockwise will push the warm air down from the ceiling instead of generating a breeze. While you are up on the ladder, clean the blades with cleanser and a soft cloth.
Enjoy the scent of the season.
Set a cozy tone in your home by lighting a pumpkin-spiced candle.