Tips for Preparing Your Home for Fall

Fall is fast approaching, and while we enjoy the warm weather, autumn is always a welcome break from the heat.  With the changing of the seasons, it is important to prepare your home, so it can stand up to the temperature drops and cold weather conditions like rain, snow, and cold winds.  Since weather can be unpredictable, preparing now can save you a headache later.

To help you prepare your home for fall, here are a few tips to consider:

  • Check your chimney and fireplace. One of the important things you need for the cold months is a reliable fireplace. So, before the freezing temperatures hits your town, make sure that your fireplace is working properly. Check your fireplace and chimney for ashes and dirt that may have accumulated last winter and are clogging the airways.  You might want to hire a professional cleaner, as this can be a tedious and risky job.
  • Have your heaters checked. It has been months since you have probably used your heater, so have it checked out and make any necessary repairs now, so everything is functioning properly when you need it.
  • Make sure your home is safe as it pertains to fire. When we heat our homes, there is fire involved, whether it be through a fireplace or a pilot light and heater.  If your heating units are not functioning properly, they could cause a fire or produce a gas lead.  So, in order to protect yourself, make sure that your home is equipped with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to help you identify danger as soon as possible.
  • Check your windows and doors for drafts. Closing gaps where air leaks in and out will keep your energy bill lower.  When heat is lost through cracks in these areas and cold air comes in, your heater has to work constantly to keep the temperature balanced.  Whereas, if your house is insulated, the heater doesn’t have to run as frequently.
  • Repair and maintain your roof. Heavy snows can easily damage a roof, so be sure it is in good shape before inclement weather hits.
  • Bring your outdoor furniture inside. Your furniture will maintain its beauty and functionality longer if not exposed to harsh winter weather.. For heavier and bigger furniture, cover it with durable coverings, so it will be protected against water and snow.
  • Clean your gutters. This will prevent clogging during rain and snow and getting the water into your house. Clean your gutters after the leaves have fallen from the trees and remove dead leaves and other debris.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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