We’re still enjoying the heat and sun of summer for another month, but it’s about time to think about the fact that fall’s soon approaching. With it, we’re moving into the darker, colder, wetter months of the year. A house that’s ill-prepared also gets darker, wetter, and colder. But you can make sure you’re set up for fall and winter in no time at all with the tips below.
Let there be light
The one change that’s already becoming apparent is that the days are starting to get much shorter. There’s less natural light, which means it’s time to start rethinking how you light your rooms. Investing in a few lamps, some task lighting, or even maximizing natural light with a mirror or two can help keep the house much brighter. You can also banish the approaching wintry feeling by getting more cozy with liberal use of your throws, rugs, and cushions.
Keep the outdoors out
The light is the least of your concerns, however. We all know that the weather in fall and winter can get pretty miserable. It can make your life miserable, however, when it gets inside. While the weather is still good, check the home for any air leaks that will suck the heat right out. Most important, however, is to clean the gutter and look at local roofing companies to take a look up top. Otherwise, you will be dealing with clogs and leaks that allow the rain in, giving damp and mold a foothold in the home. More than an inconvenience, that can be a serious health risk.
Get cozy and warm
Fixing air leaks is going to help you stay warmer as it gets cooler, but you also have to look at your heating. Make sure heating vents aren’t blocked or covered by curtains, furniture, or anything else. Dust your vents and replace or clean your filters. Get a heating expert out now rather than later if your system shows any signs of inefficiencies or errors. You can make the home much more energy efficient and better at holding in the heat, as well. For instance, you can consider investing in a programmable thermostat or a little more insulation.
Get ready for the garden
It might now grow as much, but that doesn’t mean that the garden is any less of a hassle in the fall. If you have any trees of leafy bushes, it can actually become a lot more work. So, take the time to tidy your garden while the weather’s still nice. Trim branches and bushes so you have far fewer leaves to keep tidying up. Give the lawn one more mow while the sun is out so that it’s much easier to sweep leaves and keep the garden presentable.
Fall is dark, wet, and colder, yes. But it can also be a much cozier time to enjoy spending your days indoors snuggled up and comfortably protected from the outside. Complete the tasks above and you won’t have a thing to worry about.
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