Hello World! Welcome Friends! Fall is upon us and many homeowners’ thoughts are turning to decorating for the fall season. People are getting prepared by pulling out the fall pillows, orange and red hued throws, and pumpkin spice everything else. However, with the fall comes cooler temperatures as well. While you’re preparing to decorate your home for fall and the upcoming holidays, think about preparing your home for the cooler temps to come as well. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top tips for preparing your home for the upcoming fall and winter months.
Have Your Furnace Inspected
The first thing you need to worry about as the temperatures start to fall is having your furnace inspected and furnace repair performed if it’s needed. Not only do you need to worry about the furnace going out in the middle of the coldest day of the year if you don’t have it inspected, you need to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning as well. Make sure that your family is safe from this silent, odorless, killer by having your furnace inspected and repaired before you turn on the unit for the first time this fall season.
Prepare the Fireplace
If you have a fireplace that you just love using when the snow is piling up outside and the temps have dropped, then you need to take precautions to make sure that fireplace is in good repair before you light the first fire of the season. Make sure that you have a company come out and inspect your chimney and chimney flashing, then make sure that you have them clean out the chimney as well. The last thing you want is a fire in your home because your flue is damaged or there is something blocking the way from the fireplace to the chimney.
Making sure that your home is properly insulated against the cold weather ahead is your next step. A poorly insulated home can lead to frozen pipes, and astronomical energy bills as the temps start to plummet when winter sets in. Check with a local contractor and have them come out to see if your home is well-insulated. Iif it isn’t they can easily remedy the problem for you.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
With snowstorms and cold conditions comes the very real possibility of power outages. You need to be prepared for these condition by gathering a list of the following items.
- Bottled water
- Foods that will not spoil
- First aid kit
- A battery backup for your computer
If you have a generator, make sure it is in good shape and you have plenty of fuel to get through the power outage. Make sure that you never use the generator on the inside of your home. They are only to be used on the outside and never go out into the blinding snow to start one.
These are just a few of the ways that you can prepare your home for the temperatures that come with the fall and winter season. From making sure your furnace is in good repair to make sure you are prepared for an emergency, following these tips will help you have a wonderful fall and a safe and cozy winter as well.
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