Get your home winter ready with our smart home tips for fall!
The weather’s cooling down. The leaves are changing color. And, it’s time to start thinking about hunkering down for the winter. It’ll be winter before you know it – make sure you aren’t putting off all of those fall-time chores!
Before temperatures get really chilly, there are some things you should do around your home in the fall to ensure a safe, comfortable environment. Here are a few of our smart home tips for fall.
- Plug any air leaks. Air leaks stemming from windows and doors can be a drain on your wallet and home comfort. Caulk around your windows, look for leaks in your attic and ensure your home is properly insulated.
- Rake up those leaves! Especially if they are around your condenser. If you have a heat pump, you could be using the outdoor unit well into fall and close to winter. Proper airflow is critical for maximum comfort and performance – don’t let the leaves bog your unit down.
- While we’re discussing leaves… Make sure you clean out those gutters as well.
- Ensure top notch air quality. During seasonal transitions, it is a great idea to remember to change your disposable filter or clean your permanent filter. Your filter is your best line of defense against nasty indoor particles that can negatively impact indoor air – especially when your house is closed off tightly during the winter.
- Freshen up those batteries. Your carbon monoxide detector and fire alarms are crucial for keeping your home safe. Now is a great time (before you turn on that gas furnace) to make sure these devices are running properly.
- Inspect that ductwork. Ductwork that is installed improperly, collapsed or dirty can impact home comfort and indoor air quality. Have your contractor come out and inspect that ductwork.
- And while we’re talking about contractors… Make sure you schedule fall furnace preventative maintenance. It is better to catch any issues before they can become big problems during the winter.
You also may want to have someone clean and inspect your chimney, paint your home, or more!
What do you do during the fall to get ready for winter?