Here are 5 things homeowners should do this fall season:
1. Put stuff away. Drain and hang your hoses, clean and dry your tools so they don’t rust over winter.
2. Prepare for the wet and cold. Close off exterior hose bibs so they don’t freeze. Clean your gutters and ensure your downpipes are flowing freely so water can’t pool and freeze. Inspect your roof and ensure you don’t have any holes or missing shingles.
3. Prepare to heat the house. Clean and replace furnace filters. Clean the damper in the chimney. Check the weatherstripping on doors and windows. Check and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
4. Think about energy efficiency. Cleaning your windows can increase the amount of sunlight and heat that gets into your house. Making sure your window and door frames are sealed with expandeding foam will reduce your heat loss and save you money.
5. Prepare for the storms. Make sure you have candles and batteries on hand in the event of a power outage and don’t wait until it snows to pick up snow shovels and salt or ice melt.
– adapted from an interview with Chris Galer in the NSN.