It’s almost that time of year again, when the hot, humid days of summer become an almost distant memory and cooler weather swiftly approaches. And while we can always seem to find where we stored our scarves, hats and gloves to keep our bodies toasty come October, it’s important to remember that our homes require the same care and preparation.
Whether you’re looking to save energy, improve insulation or keep your dwelling warm, we’ve got the top tips to get your home fall-ready:
• Make sure your heating system, including filters, pilot lights and burners, is in working order — and best to hire a qualified professional for this one.
• Save energy by insulating your home. This includes weather-stripping and caulking exterior joints around windows and doors. Bonus: Insulating can help keep out insects and rodents.
• Clean dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns. Dust buildup in ducts causes indoor pollutants, putting you at risk for cold-weather illnesses.
• Prepare storm windows for installation. These windows can save energy in the cold and are less expensive than new double- or triple-glazed windows.
• Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
• Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
• Now’s as good a time as ever to check your smoke detectors, which should be inspected two times a year.
• Bring outdoor furniture inside.
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