11 Ways to Get You and Your Home Ready for Fall
byon September 20, 2016
The first day of fall is a good reminder of the cool weather to come. Check out some tips and tricks that will help you stay comfortable at home.
Call For Backup
Your furnace has had a nice vacation over the summer months. Now it’s time to make sure everything is in tip top shape by calling in a pro. Regular tune-ups will help improve efficiency and flag problems you might not notice until it’s too late like leaves trapped in your exhaust pipe. Inspections can also detect carbon monoxide leaks which will end up saving you more than just money.
Breathe a Little Easier
Humidifiers should be cleaned every once and awhile. Replace your filters and clean out the water holds. This will take care of any mold and mildew that might have grown with help from the summer heat. Check your humidifier instruction manual for personalize recommendations and cleaning tips.
Get your Ducts in a Row
If your ducts are leaking you can lose up to 20% of the air your home has already heated. Make sure your ducts are properly insulated to help keep your bill down.
Warm Up The Bedroom
It’s not what you think. Bring your winter sheets and a thicker comforter out from storage, and keep your heat low overnight. The cooler temperatures at night will stop your air from drying out and placing an ecobee room sensor in the bedroom will make sure your home is warm and toasty when you’re ready to start the day.
Dial It Down
It’s getting cooler at night which means it’s a good time to set your ecobee’s sleep schedule setpoint a few degrees higher. You can also switch ecobee from cool to auto-mode. This lets ecobee move between heating and cooling so you stay comfortable no matter how unpredictable the temperature.
Light A Fire
We all want to be warm and cozy in the winter and your fireplace can help. But first have a professional clean out and inspect your chimney to prevent any unwanted surprises. Crackling fires will warm your home and add easy ambience.
Don’t Let the Draft In
Did you know your windows and doors might be susceptible to drafts? Run your fingers along the edges to catch the culprits. If you’re still finding cool air is getting in try adding some thermal curtains or curtain liners to block out the chill.
Turn Over A New Leaf
Or at least rake up the old ones. Getting outside will help you enjoy the weather before it gets too chilly, and the physical activity will warm you up. Your front lawn will also look dashing.
It’s getting darker earlier which makes it harder to see. Try installing low voltage solar lights along your walkway for added visibility and security.
Do The Safety Dance
A change in season is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t forget to test them after you’ve made the change.
Grab the Woolies
Feeling the cooler breeze? That’s ok. It takes some time to adjust. Throwing on some warm socks or an extra layer will warm you up, and you can avoid over heating your house.