The autumnal equinox is behind us. In the east, leaves are turning bright colors and beginning to fall. In the southwest, people leave the house in the morning prepared for huge temperature swings during the day. And the further north you travel, the more people are preparing for bitter cold, snow, and the urge to cuddle and make thick, warming stews.

The seasons bring rhythm to our lives. But they take their toll on our homes. 

As the neighbors start to set out pumpkins, and you find yourself reaching for the long sleeves and warm socks, there are steps you should take to prepare your house for the arrival of the cold.  They vary slightly on latitude and climate, though what works in New England can be useful in the piedmont as well.  Here are a few regional home care tips for fall.

 In the Southeast

Repair window screens – Lovely fall temperatures will tempt you to open the windows.  And you should. But that risks letting in insects, which haven’t gone anywhere just yet. So, inspect your window screens, and repair or replace any that have taken damage from summer storms. If a close inspection of your windows reveals problems with more than just the screens, consider a free consultation on replacement.

Drain the sprinklers – Maintaining a lush lawn is hard enough in southern heat that many homeowners turn to sprinkler systems. In autumn and winter, it’s easy enough to turn them off and forget they’re there, but that risks a major expense – if the ground freezes with water in the pipes, they can rupture. Draining the system can prevent expensive repairs or unexpected water bills.

Cover or bring in outdoor furniture – You won’t be sitting outside much longer. When the days get cooler and the urge to enjoy evenings on the deck or patio fades, ensure that your outdoor furniture lasts by storing it away from the weather, or covering it for the season.

Reverse ceiling fans – The same fans that cooled you through the summer months can help keep you warm on cooler days.  Flipping the switch on the side of the unit will reverse the blades, helping to circulate warm air around the room.  Just be sure to dust the blades before you do this, or they’ll spray dust everywhere when they first reverse.

Store the lawn equipment properly – If you want your lawn mower to last, you’ll need to drain the last of the gasoline out, clean the air filter, and clean or sharpen the blade before you put it away for a few months.

In the Southwest

Clear fire hazards – An unfortunate reality of climate change is that fire season now begins earlier and ends later than ever before.  While the arrival of fall cold fronts, precipitation should begin to reduce fire risk. But it isn’t gone. Particularly in California’s State Responsibility Areas, homeowners should clear brush within 100 feet of structures, to eliminate possible fuel for fires.

Mulch flowerbeds – A layer of hardwood mulch now will help your plants survive the low-water months, trapping moisture closer to the soil in arid climates.

Inspect the roof – Dry summers mean many in the southwest may have put off repairing small defects in the roof…but it’s not going to be dry forever. This month is a great time to inspect the roof for any damage that will become much more expensive to fix when late fall precipitation arrives.

In the Northwest

Clean your gutters. Again. – Light summer rains are about to turn into heavier fall rains. And if last year is any guide, they’re only growing more persistent. It’s best to check on your home’s gutters before the heaviest stuff arrives. If your system is in need of a professional update, our RainPro gutters retain the beauty of your home while permitting maximum water flow.

Check the yard’s drainage – Soggy wet spots in the lawn can keep you from enjoying the beautiful lot you paid for. Close to the foundation, they can be an expensive source of decay. But drainage problems aren’t as challenging to fix as you might think. Ponding can often be fixed with simple splash blocks to route water away from trouble spots. More severe drainage problems can be an invitation to build a lovely rain garden.

Remove damaged limbs – Those autumn storms don’t just bring more rain. They also carry winds we haven’t seen all summer. Removing damaged tree limbs now can keep them from becoming hazardous.

In the Northeast

Drain outdoor faucets – Frozen pipes are an expensive shock in deep northeastern winters.  Prevent them now by draining your outdoor faucets – as simple a matter as shutting off outdoor faucets at the valve (usually in the basement or crawlspace), then running the faucet to drain its pipe, and turning it back off.

Stock up on heating fuel – If you use a woodburning stove, stock up on firewood now, before the price goes up any further. If you have old-fashioned oil heat, refill before demand is high.

Have chimneys and furnaces inspected – Chimneys and furnaces that haven’t been in use all summer may need inspection and cleaning before being brought back into service. Better to do that now than to need it in December’s cold.

Ready the winter equipment – Does your snowblower start? Wouldn’t you rather find out now than on a day it makes you late for work? Check the condition of shovels, and stock up on ice melter now, to prevent an unpleasant surprise with the first snow of the season.

Let’s face it: there is no convenient time to replace your old, drafty windows. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages that could impact your project: you might be dealing with hot, humid conditions in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. So when should you start your project? Our team of window replacement experts gave us the low-down on the best time of year to replace your windows.

Winter and Fall

The frigid winter months might not seem like an ideal time to start your window replacement project; however, cold weather projects have unexpected benefits. Most homeowners wait until the warmer months to start their project, causing demand to slow in the winter. When you choose a cold weather window replacement project, you might experience less time in between ordering and installation because our factories have fewer windows to build. You might even receive a better deal on your project, as companies often offer competitive deals to attract customers. You’ll also enjoy an energy efficiency boost and lower energy bills – replacement windows from Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long.

However, we understand that some homeowners might have concerns about starting their project during the cold winter months. Winter weather conditions could cause delays to your project, particularly if you live in a snowy area like Boston or Kansas City. Our team will work to keep complications to a minimum, ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible. Some homeowners might also be concerned about the cold air from outside entering their home during installation. However, you can feel comfortable knowing our team of installers know how to get the job done with minimal discomfort to those living in the home. Our team will take steps to keep your home comfortable during installation, like sealing off the room they’re working in to keep the cold air limited to one room. If the space is larger of the room can’t be sealed off, a heavy blanket can be draped to contain most of the cold to just the area near the window.

Spring and Summer

Spring and summer might seem like the best time of year to replace your windows; however, that comes with one major disadvantage: demand will spike. Though the temperatures are more comfortable, you might have to wait longer for your windows to be installed. This could be particularly problematic if you live in a warm area like Charlotte where summer heat and humidity cause your energy bills to skyrocket. If you want your windows installed quickly, we recommend waiting until mid-summer when demand is lower to start your project.

Replacement windows are also particularly important in the warmer seasons, as they keep your home comfortable and prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your home. When you replace your windows in the summer, you’ll enjoy energy savings throughout the hot, humid months. Replacement windows From Window Nation are built with premium energy efficiency features to boost your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Choose between double and triple pane windows, each built with a special Low-E coating and Argon gas between the panes for maximum energy efficiency.

Spring and summer weather conditions are also ideal for your project. You won’t have to worry about your exterior design consultant getting stuck in the snow on the way to your appointment, and winter weather conditions won’t delay your installation. In fact, warm weather conditions are beneficial for installation: caulk adheres better in warm weather, making installation quicker and easier.

Ready to Start Your Project?

No matter the season you choose, our team of experienced window replacement professionals will ensure your project goes smoothly. Our team has over fifteen years of experience installing windows in harsh Pittsburgh winters and hot, humid Maryland summers. When you choose replacement windows from Window Nation, you can feel comfortable knowing you’re getting top-of-the-line replacement windows that will benefit your home no matter the season. To schedule your estimate, visit WindowNation.com.