Fall is the perfect season to complete maintenance projects around the house. The air is slightly cooler, but it’s still not cold enough for outdoor work to be uncomfortable. And since you will soon be spending more time indoors, plugging air leaks, checking and cleaning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as ensuring little creatures haven’t made your home their home for the winter ahead will help make everyone comfortable and safe in your home.
For a beautiful home outdoors and warm indoors, follow these fall care tips.
Clean the porch and terrace
Your porch and deck will not be used as much in the colder months, so take the time to sweep and wash them. If you have plastic garden furniture, use a solution of Better Life dish soap and warm water to wash the table and chairs. Dry your furniture well before storing it or covering it with a waterproof tarp.
If you have potted plants on your porch or deck, bring them indoors before the mercury drops below 60 ° F (16 ° C). Take this time to remove the dead leaves or transfer them to a new pot, if necessary.
Seal slots, windows, and doors
Checking for air leaks in windows and doors prevents cold air infiltration into your home and saves you money on your next heating bill. Several leaks can be identified through a detailed visual inspection of each entrance and window. Less visible leaks can be identified by an infrared thermometer that will detect cooler air temperatures around doors and windows, indicating leakage. Seal these leaks the right way with a sealant that can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Clean and repair the gutters
Remove dead leaves, feathers, and dirt from the gutters before they damage them. Remove large debris using your hands, and then use a small tool such as a spade or garden shovel to remove smaller debris. Remember to install gutter guards to prevent gutters from being clogged in the future.
Fertilize the lawn
To make your lawn greener and healthier next spring, fertilize it in the fall. The roots absorb and store nutrients during the cooler months more than in any other season. For best results, be sure to use the right fertilizer for your lawn and your area. We recommend a natural fertilizer or perhaps even visiting your local farmer for some uh really natural fertilizer.
Check the status of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
When mercury falls, we tend to spend more time indoors preparing hearty meals, watching TV next to the fireplace and celebrating the holidays with our families. That’s why it’s so important to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year, in the spring and fall. First, tell everyone in the house that you are going to test the detector. Then ask someone to stand as far as possible from the detector in the house. If he or she cannot hear it well, you may need to install more detectors in areas where the sound is attenuated. Finally, press the button for the test and hold it down. Change the batteries if the sound is weak, if there is no sound, or if the batteries were last changed more than six months ago. Dust, all detectors with a feather duster, accumulated dust in the grids, could prevent the detector from working, even if you changed the batteries recently.
Heating to point
Check the boiler and purge the vents to eliminate air that may have accumulated in your circuit, as it will impair its operation, it will improve distribute heat and reduce annoying noises.
The chimneys should be checked once a year to remove the soot stuck to their walls. In this way, we will make sure that it works correctly and that the smoke goes out without difficulty while avoiding the possibility of a fire.
Finally make your home feel the warmth of the season with a candle or two throughout. Check out the seasonal scents here.