Easy Fall Home Maintenance Tips
Well, it’s that time of year again: pumpkin spice latte season! Not only does that mean it’s time to break out the cozy sweaters and warm socks, there’s also the many preparations to complete around the house before snow hits.
As a homeowner, there never seems to be enough time between the last nice day of summer and the sudden onset of snow to tuck your house in for the winter. Because of this we have compiled a (short) list of fall maintenance tips to ensure your house is prepped and weatherproofed for the upcoming season.
Dispose of fallen leaves
Whether by raking or mulching, ensuring you’re able to manage the fallen leaves on your lawn will have positive results come the following spring. If the layer of dead leaves on your lawn is too thick, it could inhibit grass growth once the snow melts. The removal of leaves from your gutters and downspouts will also ensure proper water movement during the many thaws of winter, thus protecting your roof and siding from potential water damage.
Removing retired annual plants and pruning your remaining perennials (as recommended!) will reduce your garden prep come spring. Making sure your shrubs are winterized by covering them with burlap will protect them for the next growing season. Trimming back any tree branches that could break off or damage your property during a winter storm will also help you feel secure during those blustery days. Since the trees are already going dormant at this time and are less likely to get a disease, it’s also a good time to trim back any trouble areas you may find.
Protect your pipes by turning off your exterior faucets and removing all attached garden hoses prior to the arrival of subzero temperatures. Any excess water that could be frozen in the pipes and hoses will be minimized, thereby preventing pipe breakage and the disastrous effects associated with it.
Reduce heat loss
According to National Resources Canada windows, doors and skylights can account for up to 35% of energy loss in your home. Once the cold air comes a-knocking, higher energy bills are a likely result as you try to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. An easy way to reduce heat loss is to inspect the weather stripping around your windows and doors to ensure a tight seal and replace where necessary.
The winter months are notorious for commanding higher utility (particularly heating!) bills than any other time of year. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace in top shape? Regular filter changes! Simply changing your filter on time helps you to maintain high indoor air quality in your home and lowers your operating costs (by 5-15%!) by preventing debris build up on the filter itself. Given the relatively moderate summer we had in Alberta, your furnace was likely left unused for most of the season. Who wants all that leftover dust and dirt circulating throughout their house? Changing out your filter prior to starting up your furnace will ensure your air quality is protected and you’re not overwhelming your system with a dirty and congested filter (saving you money in the long run!)
Whether you love it or hate it, winter is coming. Taking the time to complete a few precautionary duties before the snow hits can have positive effects for you and your household through the upcoming seasons. While we can’t help you with all of the items detailed above, we can take ‘furnace filter replacement’ off your to-do list for good. Head over to www.cleanairclub.ca to start your subscription today!