Are You And Your Home Prepared This Fall?
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to complete all those projects that you put off all summer long and buckle down for the cold winter months. Not sure what you need to do to prepare? Take a look at our fall checklist and “leaf” your worries behind!
Prepare trees and shrubs for winter
Autumn is a transitional time for trees and shrubs as they change color and lose most of their foliage. It’s important to keep an eye on your trees for any signs of disease and properly prune them to ensure no falling branches will damage your home in the winter time.
Rake leaves to promote plant growth in spring
Leaves might look pretty laying on the lawn, but leaving too many on the ground throughout winter can inhibit the growth of your plants when spring finally returns. We recommend using safety gloves and bagging the leaves to protect your lawn.
Clean gutters and rain spouts that can cause roof damage
When the majority of the leaves have fallen, it’s a good idea to clean out your gutters and rain spouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
Make exterior repairs before the cold sets in
It’s always a good idea to take a quick look around your property for signs of damage to the roof, siding, or foundation. This way, you can discover any areas in need of repair and can fix it before the cold weather sets in.
Seal gaps where critters can enter your home
A small gap is all it takes for a mouse to enter your home and raid your food pantry, and winter is a particularly popular time for critters to sneak into your home as they try to hide from the cold. Seal any gaps where an animal could sneak in, keeping your food and home safe from invasion.
Test/replace smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Fall is the ideal time to check and change any batteries that need replacing in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, it’s also a good idea to check your fire extinguisher and replace it if necessary.
Perform furnace maintenance
Making sure that your furnace or boiler has been cleaned, maintained, and is ready to roll when the real cold weather hits is an important task, preventing a costly emergency HVAC call to your home.
Clean dryer vents to prevent lint fires
Built-up lint in your dryer vents can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and can even cause a fire. As winter closes in the air becomes drier, causing an increase of static electricity and higher risk of lint fires.
Stock up on winter supplies in case of a snow storm
It’s important to stock up for winter storms, especially in a snowy state like Wisconsin. Make sure you’re prepared with salt, snow shovels and scrapers, and emergency kits for your car and home.
Weatherstripping around your window and door frames will help reduce energy costs and contain warmth in your home, keeping out cold air drafts.
Midwest Heating & Cooling is here to get you prepped and ready, providing 24/7 emergency HVAC services. Call us today at (414) 704-0129 for all your Milwaukee heating and cooling needs!