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10 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Topics: Fall Home Prep, Furnace Maintenance, Home Comfort

Autumn leaves, Thanksgiving dinner, and pumpkin carving are just a few of our favourite things about fall. Our other top pick? Fall home maintenance.

Before the cold weather hits, you’ll want to take some time to prepare your home for fall. Doing so early will save you money and stress. It will also make your home more comfortable when temperatures do drop.

Over our years in business, we’ve developed ways to simplify the fall home maintenance process into 10 easy steps. Five of these steps happen indoors and five happen outdoors.

What are you waiting for? Use this list to prepare your home for fall now.

Indoor Preparation

  1. Prepare Your Furnace

Have you furnace professionally serviced (if it wasn’t done in the spring). Make sure the furnace filter is replaced. Doing both of these things will help your furnace work more efficiently over the winter and extend its life long-term.

Plus, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) recommends your gas appliances be checked at least once per year by a professional technician. Fall can be a good time to do this.

  1. Clean Your Fireplace and Chimney

If you’re planning on cozying up beside a roaring fire, make sure you can do so without causing a hazard. Have a professional come in and clean out your chimney, repair any brickwork, and make sur the flue is working. Don’t forget to stock up on firewood.

  1. Inspect Windows and Doors

You want to look for areas where weather stripping has been worn away. With the door open, try placing a piece of paper in the entryway. Now close the door. If the paper can slide back and forth easily, it’s not sealed tightly enough. Also look at the caulking around your windows. You might consider doing a home energy audit.

  1. Clean Humidifiers

If you have a separate humidifier, replace the filters. You can also hire a professional to clean inside the unit.

  1. Test Home Safety Devices

Autumn is the perfect time to make sure your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and more are functioning correctly. Replace the batteries and test your devices.

Exterior Preparation

  1. Clean Your Gutters

It’s tempting to skip this one but doing so could cost you big time – like thousands of dollars’ worth of damage if something goes wrong.

  1. Get Your Winter Equipment Ready and Put Summer Equipment Away

You won’t need to be cutting the grass anymore, so put your lawn mower away and drain the tank of gasoline.

You’ll want to make sure any winter gear — like the snow blower — is working and ready to be used.

  1. Check Your Roof

Are you missing shingles? Have a buildup of debris? Take care of it now before the snow falls. A functioning roof will also lower your energy bill.

  1. Winterize Your Air Conditioning

If your AC unit is outside, you will need to cover your unit for the winter. If you use window units, remove or cover them to prevent air leaks.

You’ll also want to bring in a professional to clean your outdoor unit. It’s not a good idea to DIY it.

  1. Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing

Drain faucets, sprinklers, and the like and cover them to protect them from freezing.

Is there anything else you would add to the list? How do you get your home prepared for the fall? Let us know on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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