Don’t cozy up too much for fall before you prepare your house for the colder months. Yes, picking out your favorite fall candles (did someone say apple spice?), making leaf art, and whipping up your beloved fall recipes provides the ultimate fall enjoyment, but it’s important to brace your home for more than sweet smells and leafy art.
Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of 10 things for you to do to make sure your house is ready for the falling leaves and colder temperatures. When it comes to fall, it’s safety first, pumpkin everything second.
Gutter check: The leaves and grime that pile up in your gutters can form ice dams and prevent your drainage systems from working right. If that happens, buckle up. Water may seep into your home and create damage and more expenses. So, make sure to clean and inspect your gutters! You can do this by removing leaves and debris and pouring a bucket of water in the gutters to check for leaks!
Avoid escaping air: We don’t want the warm air escaping our house – especially since our heating system will have to work harder, costing us more money. Seal up those cracks and openings in your house by placing caulk between door frames and other stationary objects and weather-stripping components such as operable windows!
Get your ducts in order: If you’re looking for a way to save energy and money, then look to your ducts! We know they stay hidden and forgotten during the year, but it’s time to remember them again. By keeping them tightly sealed and insulated, you can reduce your annual energy bills. We’d say that’s a plus!
Lights will guide you home: Saving energy is your first thought in the colder months, but with less daylight, it’s important to keep your outdoor lights lit so you don’t fall during autumn. Whether you’re taking out the trash or bringing in the groceries, install some lights that will guide you home safely. Fortunately, if you buy energy-saving products and bulbs, you can save money during the fall and winter months.
Family safety: It’s important to have annual safety checks around the house. Limit fire hazards by testing smoke and CO monitors, installing a fire extinguisher, and making sure your family knows a fire escape plan. It might be cold outside, but it can heat up in your home if safety precautions aren’t taken.
Secure the walkways: Repair your damaged steps, driveways, and walkways. If you see cracks, fill them – don’t let them go untouched or you might break your “mother’s back” for real. Water can seep in and freeze, which will make the cracks even larger and more dangerous. Doing this not only keeps you safer but also helps you save money later.
Stop the cold from seeping through your windows: If your house is full of windows, you know how hard it is to keep away the cold air. However, the right shades, curtains or blinds can help retain some of the heat lost during. We recommend cellular shades or dressing your windows in layers by combining shades, curtains, and sheers! Our last piece of advice—the thicker the shade the better!
Get your heating system serviced: Get a professional to check your furnace. Furnace systems can wear out and stop working – or worse – pump carbon monoxide into your house.
Fix roof problems: Leaky roofs are never fun and can cause a lot of problems, especially during the colder months. Inspect your roof and make sure there are no missing or damaged shingles, leaky vents, or corroded flashing. You don’t want to have to use a bucket to catch water when the temperatures drop.
Meet at the fireplace: The fireplace becomes a staple during the colder months. Families and friends gather around it to enjoy the heat and the occasional s’more. Check your fireplace for soot or debris that piled up throughout the year. Better yet—schedule a chimney sweep!
Your home is a big investment, so it’s important to protect it during the fall. When the temperature drops, we don’t want your home to drop, too. At Madison Mutual, we provide the best homeowners insurance that’s affordable and fits your exact needs! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com.