Fall is the ideal time of the year to take care of little tasks that can really make a huge difference when winter comes knocking. A lot of the tasks can be done without the help of a professional (but if you feel a professional might do a better job or feel you might not be able to handle it, please, contact me today and let me give you some amazing contractors I have worked with who would be happy to help you out!). Some of these tasks might seem obvious but when we get busy sometimes it is the obvious tasks that get overlooked.
· Clean those gutters – Your roofs drainage annually can divert hundreds into thousands of galloons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation walls. If your gutters are clogged from fallen leaves and pine needles, that can lead to overflowing of water and/or snow and can cause damage to the exterior of the home as well as possibly cause flooding in your basement if applicable.
· Air lock those windows and doors – You might have noticed a cool breeze when walking past your back door or a slight draft coming from your bathroom window. It is important to make sure you weather-strip your windows and doors because the US Department of Energy has stated that gaps in caulking can cost up to 10% of your heating bill.
· Turn off all outside faucets – We already had one big freeze with some snow and I know I was making sure I had turned off the water that led to the outdoor faucets. It is imperative to get this done before big freezes because you risk the pipes freezing and bursting costing you a lot of issues and money.
· Give the furnace a little TLC – Before that furnace works overtime in the winter, give it a little clean either vacuuming the filter or replacing it. Also, once a year it’s a good idea to have your furnace inspected by a professional just to make sure everything is running properly.
· Keep moisture in your home – We live in a really dry state (your skin can tell you that) but did you know the dry air is also cause the fine wood in your home to crack? Keep your humidifier running during the winter months to give yourself and your home some relief from the dry air.
· Prune your plants – Fall is the best time to prune your outdoor plants because the summer cycle is over and you are prepping them for the winter ahead. Make sure to keep any tree branches 3 feet away from the house so moisture won’t drip onto the siding and the roof.
· Inspect the fireplace – If you have a fireplace in the home, it is smart before turning it on for the season to have it inspected by a F.I.R.E. trained professional. Make sure to have your chimney swept as well so it’s clean.
Like I said earlier, if you need any good names of professionals to help you get your house winter ready, give me a call today and I would be happy to share with you some contractors I have worked with who have done great work for me over the years.