Labor Day passing us by marks the end of summer. The kids are back in school, leaves are just starting to turn color, and there’s that lovely “crispness” in the air. As those summer vacations fade to beautiful and relaxing memories, we suggest you take a moment and get your fall checklist started. You’d be surprised at how it will sneak up on you and we want to make sure your home is primed and ready for the coming season change! Here are the top five things you should do to get your home ready for winter:
Make Sure Your Furnace Filter Gets Replaced!
Indoor air quality is especially important during Fall and Winter, considering we will be closing the windows and increasingly recirculating indoor air. Heaters will be running more frequently and we don’t want you circulating dust, dander and other irritants around your home. This one’s for your health; make it a priority!
Cover Your Hose Bibs!
Many people refer to them as “hose bibs,” but they’re actually the outdoor faucets around your home. Yes, it’s still a little early, but better to be early than late — no one wants to call the plumber to fix freezing pipes after an unexpected temperature drop!
Replace Important Batteries!
It’s a good routine, every Labor Day and Memorial Day replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. And, while you’re at it you may as well replace them in your thermostat as well. (Some people go as far as replacing all the batteries in their TV remotes.)
Check For Leaks!
Check around your windows and especially doors. Are there any gaps? Now is a great time to apply weather stripping to seal up those energy-sucking gaps and holes. It can save you money later. Don’t know where the leaks are? Don’t feel bad–you’re not alone. We can help. At Unique Home Building, we specialize in finding sneaky air intrusions in your home and sealing them up.
Some people are thrilled to wave “goodbye” to the intense heat and dry weather, but others are sad to see the long days get shorter. No matter how you look at it, it’s best for everyone to be prepared for the change of season. Cooler weather will come; ready or not!