It’s Fall! (Finally)
It's finally here! Fall means all things pumpkin spice, foliage and....preparing your home for the change of weather. One of the season's greatest aspects is that you have plenty of time to prep your home for cold weather, while the temps are cool and invigorating rather than frigid. Here are some of our tips.
Fall is peak time time for hurricane season. While New England doesn't often feel the full force, we are no stranger to some nasty Nor'easters. Have an emergency kit on hand, packed with some water, nonperishable food, flashlights and a first aid kit. The Department of Homeland Security has this checklist for a basic emergency supplies kit.
Clean Those Gutters
The leaves haven't started falling yet, but as soon as they do, it's key to keep the gutters clear. Clogged gutters can cause all sorts of drainage problems, with one of the biggest being those dreaded ice dams as soon as the weather turns winter.
Even if you stop short of having a professional perform an energy audit on your home, do your own checklist of areas you may lose heat. Caulk around windows, doors and outlets to prevent air from seeping. Make sure you have proper weather stripping around door frames and windows, especially ones that see a lot of use. Ensure your ducts are sealed and insulated, which can add up to big home heating savings.
- Have your furnace professionally cleaned.
- Change the batteries in your smoke- and carbon detectors.
- Replace air filters.
- Prune bushes and shrubs.
- Clear walkways for safety.
- Add light: less daylight means you should step it up with garage or walkway lights for safety.