Thursday, September 8, 2022 / by Margie Wright
Inside Your Home
- Hang heavier curtains to keep the cold out. When the sun is out and bright, you can open them and allow some more heat to come in, but at night, you'll be thankful for the extra protection against the colder temperatures. Wash or dry clean your lighter curtains and store them away for the winter. That way they'll be clean and ready to hang when spring comes around.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.
- Wash your windows and blinds. This doubles as an exterior chore as well for the outside of your windows. Doing this while it's still warm outside is best!
- In older homes, clean under, around, and wipe down all radiators. Prevent fire hazards! Make sure that there isn't any damage to them as well.
- Tape the edges of your filters to the inside of the return vent to seal it. But while you're at it, make sure to change out your filters to reduce seasonal pollen.
- Turn and flip any area rugs to prevent uneven wear. Much like rotating a car's tires, this will help keep your area rugs looking even and pretty even as they are walked on. Wash them to keep them sparkly and clean!
- Inspect windows and doors for any damages or gaps. Make sure to seal any gaps you find to prevent drafts which can run up your heating bill.
- Review your emergency readiness plan with your family. As we all know, extreme weather can happen at a moment's notice. Depending on where you live, the weather can be extreme and get there really quickly which requires an emergency plan. Make sure everyone knows what to do under circumstances. Establish an area for emergency supplies that everyone knows about and can easily get to.
- Get your HVAC serviced. You don't want to be stuck without heat as the temperatures drop. Make sure that you get it serviced and that it's good to go!
Outside Your Home
- If you have a chimney, get it cleaned and inspected. The last thing you need is a mess or a hazard from a dirty chimney.
- Clean your gutters. This may be something that you have to do multiple times throughout fall, but you can save some time but going ahead and clearing up the gutters ahead of time. Staying on top of cleaning them regularly will make it easier for you overall.
- Tighten any loose railings. It's likely we've all spent much more time outside during the summer. Railings have been used more which means they also need some tightening up and possibly repair.
- Check your crawl space for moisture issues.
- Check your winter tools for readiness. Make sure you have shovels, supplies, salt for when it gets icy. If anything needs to be replaced, you can go ahead and replace them before everyone else starts jumping on it when the weather gets bad.
- Drain and store lawn equipment. You won't be needing it anyway if you deal with cold temperatures and snow. If you want to take it a step further, sharpen the blades on your mower for next season.
- Test your generator.
- Turn off and drain outdoor faucets and sprinklers. Freezing pipes isn't fun to deal with.
- If you have a pool, make sure you take the time to prepare it for colder months. Of course, make sure to enjoy it for as long as possible (because pools are fantastic and help remind us of summer weather).
The Fun Part: Decorating
- Plaid pillows and fall-colored throws are a subtle start to the fall season. Plus, adding them to seating on the front or back porch means being cozy even when there's a slight chill in the air.
- Add a fall wreath to the front door! It's timeless and can always be brought back to use next fall.
- Cut back bushes, shrubs, and plants as is recommended. Don't prune them too much that they risk further death during the colder months.
- Pumpkins galore! Whether you opt for real or fake, pumpkins make for great instant decor.
- Hang solar lanterns from trees and place them beside walkways for a warm ambiance and added safety when outdoors at night.
- Plant bulbs for spring.
- Rake your leaves at lease once per week. Don't suffocate your lawn!