Summer has come and gone, and now it’s time to prepare your home for fall. With the change of seasons comes cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and shorter days. Here are 5 things to do to get your house ready for the new season.
Plant Bulbs for Spring Flowers
Fall is the best time to plant bulbs that will sprout in spring. Daffodils, tulips, and crocuses are colorful additions to your yard. Prepare your home for fall by completing this gardening work now, before the ground gets too cold and hard. You’ll appreciate that you don’t have as much landscaping work to do come spring as the flowers you planted grow effortlessly.
Gutter Guards Prepare Your Home for Fall
Gutters are on most homeowners’ minds in autumn because they tend to fill up with debris as leaves fall. While cleaning gutters might be on your fall home maintenance list, you can better prepare your home for fall by adding gutter guards to keep the leaves out in the first place. Gutter guards let water flow through the gutters, but keep larger pieces of debris out. Make sure the gutters are clear before adding gutter guards.
Program the Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, you know how they can conveniently save energy by adjusting the temperature when no one is home. If you had it programmed for cooling the house in the summer, it is time to set up the schedule for the heat. Program the thermostat to be a comfortable temperature at times you’ll be home and to lower at times when everyone is out of the house. Before starting to use your heating system for the season, have a professional inspect and service it.
Change the Ceiling Fans’ Direction to Prepare Your Home for Fall
This step to prepare your home for fall only takes a minute. Go through the home and change the direction that the ceiling fans rotate. When you are trying to keep the home warm, the fans should be running clockwise.
Seal Up Drafty Doors and Windows
If your doors and windows aren’t airtight, cold drafts will come inside when the wind blows. Sealing up these openings is a simple task. Use caulk for small cracks around window panes and weatherstripping on the bottom of windows and around door openings. Your home will stay cozy in fall once you have gotten rid of drafts.