Summer is creeping to an end, as much as we hate to admit it. When August begins, we all know that it is only a matter of time before September will be here, the kids will head back to school and the weather will start to cool down a little. If you are like us and enjoy being on top of the game, now would be a good time for starting fall preparations for your home. Lots needs to be done to make your home and property fall and winter ready and if you start now, you’ll have more time to enjoy all the apple picking, leaf peeping and football game watching that is what makes fall such a great time of year!
Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare your home and property for the upcoming change in seasons:
- Clean up those gutters and downspouts! Lots of debris can land in them during summer storms, so check them to make sure they are unblocked and water can easily flow through them.
- Fill in any holes or gaps behind window trim, door trim, railings and decks.
- Fall is a good time to paint your home and painting it can protect against invading wood destroying pests as well as keep it protected from wind and rain.
- Have your roof inspected for signs of wear and tear. Curling, buckling or crackling shingles should be replaced and if there are lots of signs of wear, its’ time to replace the entire roof.
- To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the cold weather arrives, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. You should run the water until the pipes are completely empty.
- To prepare your heating system for winter, have it inspected, cleaned and repaired (if necessary) to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or failure when you most need it.
- If you have water pipes that run along exterior walls, wrap them with heating tape. This can save energy and reduce the chance of pipes freezing during the winter.
- Check the attic for any problems with insulation and to make sure that the insulation is installed properly.
- Check your windows for possible air leakage and make a plan to have old and drafty windows replaced.
- Have reinforced vinyl siding installed on the exterior of your home to limit your home’s siding maintenance needs and to help keep your home well insulated this winter.
As much as we all hate to think about summer coming to an end, it is inevitable. But if you use these last days of summer wisely, you should be able to enjoy a more comfortable home this winter! For more information on ways to make your home more energy efficient this winter or to learn about replacement windows, vinyl siding or any of the other services we offer, please contact the professionals at Window Nation today!