How to Prepare Your Home For Fall

How to Prepare Your Home For Fall
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    With Labor Day now past, homeowners will be turning their attention to prepping their houses for cooler weather.

    Winter prep is still one or two months away, but readying your home for fall has its own requirements.

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With school back in session, business trips planned and sporting events to attend, you will want to handle these tasks as soon as possible, to best enjoy fall and the glorious autumn colors.

1. Clean windows and doors.

Windows and doors accumulate dirt and are easily forgotten as the lazy, hazy days of summer dominate. Use a window cleaner to handle cleaning inside and out. Replace cracked glass, mend screens and ensure that weather-stripping is in place. Better to handle the mending projects now while weather is warm, then to wait for fall’s first chilly days to set in.

2. Have your furnace or HVAC system inspected.

Within weeks, you will be looking to turn on the heat to ward off the first chill of the season. Your furnace or HVAC system should be ready to handle the job. If you haven’t had it inspected or tuned up in some time, then make an appointment to have that done now.

3. Change air filters.

Your home makes use of several filters including air filters for your heating system. Replace these as needed. Check your kitchen ventilation system too. Likely, you have a reusable filter for the vent — remove it, clean it and once it is dry put it back in.

4. Test your fire protection devices.

Before October comes to an end, check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector to ensure that each device is working as required. Replace batteries or swap out units as needed.

5. Clean your carpets.

Spring and fall are ideal times of the year to have your carpets cleaned

6. Give your kitchen a thorough cleaning.

You’re about ready to put away your outdoor grille, and will be using your kitchen steadily until next spring. Use this time to clean out your refrigerator, scrub out your dishwasher and prepare your stove for Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday meals.

7. Check you clothes dryer.

Inspect your clothing dryer, removing lint build up from the trap. You can also disconnect the exhaust pipe and remove lint from there as well. Lint build up is a potential fire hazard — remedy this threat before it causes a fire hazard.

Fall Preparations

Once your home is ready for fall, reward yourself and decorate it for the season. Mums, pumpkins, gourds and decorative corn can adorn your front entrance, offering a festive welcome to your visitors.

 
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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".