Fall is officially here and aside from visiting the pumpkin patch and sipping on hot cider, you should also start preparing your home for the winter months. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few tips that will get you in gear for a full cleanup, both inside and outside your house.
Get Started with the Outdoors
Fertilize Your Lawn
Don’t let all the hard work on your lawn go to waste. According to experts, fertilizing your lawn in the fall helps to protect it during the winter. Mindful preparation can also help it get greener, faster in the spring. Fertilization is especially important in areas with hot and dry summers since grass tends to stop growing under extreme temps.
Plant Bulbs Now for Beauty in the Spring
Another way to ensure that your landscaping looks fresh come springtime is by planting bulbs in October. Once the soil has cooled down, this creates the perfect environment for roots to start developing and gorgeous flowers to bloom around April and May.
If you need advice on how to plant bulbs in the fall, check out this article from the Farmer’s Almanac.
Service Your Lawn Equipment
Avoid the hassle of long wait times and unpreparedness come summer by getting your lawn equipment serviced and ready now. Once you’ve given your lawn a final mow, typically around mid-October, you should drain the tanks of your lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed eater. Also, take your mower in to get its blades sharpened so everything is ready to go come spring.
Clean the Gutters
This is a very important step in your fall cleanup. No one enjoys climbing up on the ladder to get in the gutters, but it’s critical for preventing bigger problems down the line. Always work with a partner to watch the ladder and help when needed. Also, consider using a leaf blower to speed up the process.
While you’re close to the roof, check for damaged shingles, flashing, or vents to ensure that you’re getting all exterior repairs completed before the winter months.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to care for your gutters.
Fix Any Air Traps or Leaks
Be proactive and help save on energy costs by fixing air leaks and traps now. Weather-stripping is one of the most cost-effective solutions for reducing energy costs. In fact, it can save you up to 15% on heating and cooling bills, and it’s also easy to install.
While you’re checking for leaks, also inspect the caulking around windows, doors, and other entry points and replace the seal if necessary.
Preparing the Inside of Your House
Replace Your Filter
Furnace filters work tirelessly to trap dust and prevent it from spreading through your home. Be sure to replace these before your furnace goes into overdrive to prevent clogs and issues with heating your home. A simple monthly cleaning is all it takes to keep these filters breathing free and clear. If you use disposable filters, you can use a vacuum once before a full cleaning.
Install a Humidifier
Increasing the humidity in your home during the dry winter months isn’t just good for your health, it helps prevent the wood in your home from cracking. If you don’t already have a humidifier installed, we suggest getting one for your home. If you do have one, give it a quick inspection by checking the plates or pads, and if necessary, clean them in a strong laundry detergent solution. Then, rinse and scrape off mineral deposits with a wire brush or steel wool.
Check Your Alarms
And finally, perform a quick safety test by checking and replacing the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors. One tip that many families use is always changing out the batters and testing their devices when you change the clock for daylight savings time.
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