forPreparing your home for fall before cooler weather arrives will save you time and money by heading off larger problems.
Preparing Your Home for Fall with Fertilizer
In areas that experience dry summers, fertilizing the lawn is an essential step for fall preparation. Autumn lawn fertilization protects it during winter and helps it turn green more quickly during the spring growing season. Fertilizer can improve the health of grass prior to the harsher weather of winter.
Schedule an HVAC Service
Whether you want your HVAC system inspected for fall or need to make a minor repair before cooler weather sets in, it is a good idea to call a professional. Before the air conditioning function of your system hibernates for the winter, it is recommended to give the coils a thorough cleaning.
Once the A/C is done being used for the summer, it is also a good practice to cover the unit to protect it from ice and debris over the winter months. Changing your filters, cleaning air ducts, and resetting your thermostat are also recommended.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning gutters is one of those chores that is often forgotten until a major problem occurs. Clogged gutters can force water to exit at weak spots, which may leave water running down the side of your home and against the foundation.
Use a ladder and pull debris out of guttering by hand. Gutter cleaning services are also available if access or time-constraints are an issue for you.
Inspect and Clean Your Chimney
Chimneys that have not been properly maintained can cause house fires. Chimneys should be cleaned at the end of every winter season and at the beginning of the next cold season before building a fire.
It’s best to call a professional chimney sweep who will also check for damages in the chimney that could be a hazard.
Preparing Your Home for Fall and Winter Weather
As soon as the first snowfall occurs, we rush to the store for ice melt and search for the snow shovel. Beat the crowds, and the panic, by organizing and preparing your cold weather tools ahead of time.
Snow shovels, ice melt, snow blowers, and even outdoor winter apparel are helpful to have on hand when you need them. This is also a great time to stock up on items before the first snow of the season hits and everyone else is out looking for them, too.
Start Preparing Your Home for Fall Now
Don’t procrastinate with your fall home preparation efforts. If you need to schedule service, it is better to do it now rather than later. Homeowners can rest assured that their home is ready for the cool, crisp autumn weather by preparing for it in advance.
Jones & Cooper Home Inspections provides home inspection services in Kentucky. Contact us to schedule an appointment.