Preparing Your Home for Cooler Temperatures

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Love you lawn.  Mow and rake (or mulch) your lawn and any leaves one last time before the snow flies to make for a much less messy melt come spring.  Prepare your flower beds, and wrap less-hardy shrubs.  Don’t forget to drain and store your outside hoses, and prepare your lawnmower for hibernation.    
De-clutter your gutters.  Falling leaves can make a real muck out of gutters, and clogged gutters can lead to shingle rot, dangerous icicle build up, and even leaky roofs.  Once the last leaf falls, it’s time to brave the ladder and de-clutter the gutters.  You can string your Christmas lights while you’re up there to save yourself some time and aggravation.  
Fine tune the Furnace.  Many people switch off the furnace in the summer to conserve energy.  Make sure the chimney is clear, and that all the furnace settings are working properly.  Now’s a great time to get the ducts cleaned, too.  Don’t forget to cover up your outside air conditioning unit if you have one.
Dodge the Draft.  Little drafts can cost big dollars over the course of the winter.  Check to make sure windows and doors are seated and sealed properly.  If replacing ill-fitting doors is beyond your budget this fall, invest in some fabric draft stoppers.  

Whether you refer to it as fall, harvest, or autumn, the third season in Western Canada is the time when many people begin preparing their homes and yards for cooler temperatures.  

Some quick tips for preparing your home this fall:

Tidy your yard.  Mow and rake your lawn and any leaves one last time before the snow falls to make for an easier cleanup come spring. Prepare your flower beds, and wrap less-hardy shrubs.  Don’t forget to drain and store your outside hoses, and winterize your lawnmower.    

De-clutter your gutters.  Falling leaves can make a mess in your gutters, and clogged gutters can lead to shingle rot, dangerous icicle build up, and even leaky roofs.  Once the last leaf falls, it’s time to brave the ladder and de-clutter the gutters.  You can string your Christmas lights while you’re up there to save yourself some time.  

Fine tune the Furnace.  Many people switch off the furnace in the summer to conserve energy.  Make sure the chimney is clear, and that all the furnace settings are working properly.  Now’s a great time to get the ducts cleaned, too.  Don’t forget to cover up your outside air conditioning unit if you have one.

Dodge the Draft.  Little drafts can cost big dollars over the course of the winter.  Check to make sure windows and doors are seated and sealed properly.  If replacing ill-fitting doors is not an option this fall, invest in some fabric draft stoppers.  

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