4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Fall
With the cooler weather slowly creeping in, we are reminded as to how close autumn is. It’s almost time to unpack the winter clothes and store away your summer shorts; but, just as you prepare your closet for this colder season, your home will need some TLC as well.
Seal Any Cracks
During the fall, we tend to crank up our heaters a bit to warm up our house. However, cracks of any kind in your home can be a sign of insulation issues in your home, causing your electric bill to increase.
Clean Your Gutters
While you have been out having an adventurous and fun vacation, leaves and other debris have been piling up in your gutters. For now, they may not have caused much damage, but if left unattended they can wreak havoc on your home in the fall and winter. During these seasons, we can see more rain, which the cooler temperatures can freeze. Frozen rain and debris is very harmful to your gutters and can lead to possible leaks in your home. For an extra step of protection, install gutter guards–available for purchase at your local department store.
Switch to Energy Efficient Bulbs
During the fall and winter, we see less daylight, which means an increase of usage of indoor and outdoor lights. More often than not, we tend to leave outdoor lights on for extended periods of time, costing a lot in the long run. Try switching to energy efficient light bulbs for your exterior lighting–it could potentially save you hundreds!
Seals and Ducts
Stored away in your attic or basement, we tend to forget about our duct system. During the fall, though, they are our workhorses of our homes delivering warm air throughout the structure. Making sure they are properly sealed and insulated is important for your heating system and your bank account.