As summer comes to a close, cooler temperatures, cascading leaves, and shorter days will serve as reminders that fall will soon be here! Even though fall has just arrived, it’s always a smart idea to begin preparing our homes for the change in season. After all, the weather can change quickly as the season progresses, and you won’t want to be caught unprepared.
Here are 9 quick tips to help you prepare your home for the cooler weather that fall brings with it!
Get Your Furnace Inspected – No one wants the furnace to short out when winter is in full force. Take the time to get your furnace inspected by a professional. Additionally, remember to stock up on a few extra air filters and change them every few months if you don’t do so already.
Start Winterizing – Go around your home and check for drafts around the edges of your windows and doors. An easy way to determine if you have any drafts is to hold a lit candle a few feet away from the doors and windows; if the flame flickers, then there’s probably a draft. You can tackle drafts by replacing seals and repairing caulking and weatherstripping around your windows and doorframes. Additionally, consider purchasing heavier or insulated drapery to keep the cold out.
Test Home Safety Devices – Fall is a great time to test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices. Test them to ensure that they’re working properly. If they don’t respond, replace the batteries. If you’ve had these devices for at least 10 years, replace them with new ones.
Clean the Gutters – It isn’t a pleasant job, but cleaning the gutters is one of the best things you can do when fall comes around. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from your gutters, and check for leaks by running a pail of water down the gutters and into the downspout. This can help prevent ice dams during winter.
Get Your Chimney and Fireplace Cleaned and Inspected – If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, make sure to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional before winter sets in!
Turn Off Faucets and Store the Hoses – It’s time to put away your gardening gear! Drain your garden hoses and disconnect them from your outside spigots. Next, shut off the exterior faucets. Store your hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t be able to freeze and damage the hoses.
Bring in the Plants – Do you keep plants or flowers in pots year-round? Now is the time to bring them inside! Keep them cozy indoors until next spring. If you have annuals in pots outside, empty, clean, dry, and store the pots for next spring.
Plant Bulbs – If you want to see some cute daffodils pop up and flourish in the spring, be sure to plant the bulbs in the fall! This also goes for other flowers like tulips, crocus, hyacinths, and snowdrops.
Close the Pool – Have a pool in the backyard? Before the temperatures dip, make an appointment for it to be serviced and close it for the season.
Of course, it’s always wise to check if your home insurance policy is updated, too! Remember to add calling your agent at Madison Mutual Insurance Company to the to-do list! Call us today at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com.