Each new season brings its own challenges and therefore requires different types of preparation in order to be ready for the change in weather. Of course, fall is no exception to this rule, and that means there are some things you should do to anticipate the coming season, especially realizing that winter won’t be far behind. Here are four of the most important tasks you can perform around your household, in order to get ready for the cooler weather of the fall season.
Check Your Smoke Detectors
This is one very quick task you can perform, but it is an extremely important one because it can actually save lives in an emergency situation. Make sure alarms are operating, that the power indicator is lit up, and that the battery is fresh and ready for another season. If you have a test button on your smoke alarm, you should press it to see whether the alarm sounds right or not. If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, now is a good time to do so.
Clean Your Gutters
The end of summer and the beginning of fall is when all the leaves will begin to drop off trees, and many of these can become lodged in the gutters around your house. They can cause lots of problems in the wintertime, so it’s best that you have them removed prior to the time when cold weather comes. If your gutters are clogged up with leaves, you may have wall leaks, roof leaks, wood rot, peeling paint, and even damage to the gutters themselves. All these things can be difficult to repair, so you’re much better off to be proactive about the situation and clean out the gutters.
Check Your Heating System
You will probably need to turn the furnace on at some point during the fall, and you’ll want to make sure that it’s operating correctly so that it will get you through both fall and winter. Your best bet for making sure it’s ready is to have a qualified HVAC technician inspect your heating system, and to perform any necessary maintenance or parts replacement that might be appropriate. You’ll also probably save money on energy bills if you can have your heating system operating at its most efficient level. Changing your air filters is a good idea before the start of a season, so they don’t become clogged and begin recirculating nasty air.
Clean your chimney
Assuming that you have a fireplace and a chimney, it should definitely be cleaned at the start of the cooler season. You may have accumulated a significant layer of creosote on the lining of your chimney, and this could actually be a fire hazard once you start using the fireplace again. If you’re not sure when you had your chimney cleaned last, it’s a good idea to simply hire a professional to have it inspected and cleaned if necessary. This is far wiser than simply leaving it to chance, and expecting it to be ready to go when you start building those cozy, cold-weather fires.