With the calendar changing from September to October, it’s time to start putting together the checklist of items you need to do to help winterize your house. This time of year is crucial is securing both the exterior and interior of your home to protect against harsh winter conditions. Here are five things to remember to take care of during the autumn season:
Paint Exterior Window and Door Frames
Fall conditions are perfect for any freshening-up you need to do with your exterior window or door frames. The temperatures are set to a condition that is ideal for painting. Freshen-up the outdoor a bit now by taking care of the windows and doors.
Seal Window and Door Cracks against Drafts
As the weather starts to dip, you are less and less likely to be leaving the windows and doors open. Check the cracks in your windows and doors now for cool drafts. Get some window and door sealers and start getting yourself ready for the first cold spell. Sealing windows and doors is efficient for your heating bills, not to mention helps ward off the cold air that sneaks in the house during the winter months.
The fall and spring are the ideal times of year to seal your driveway. Your driveway should be re-sealed every two years. If you are not sure when was the last time you sealed your driveway, chances are you probably should get it done now. Sealing your driveway every two years helps protect your driveway against the extreme conditions of winter and summer. Long-term, taking the time this weekend to seal your driveway will save you bigger headaches down the road.
Change Smoke-Detector Batteries
Daylight Savings Time ends in the beginning of November and with that you should be preparing yourself to change the batteries in your smoke-detectors. Smoke-detector batteries should be changed twice per year. It’s a good idea to change them with the Daylight Savings schedule. Getting yourself into the mindset of changing smoke-detector batteries with the changing of the clocks will ensure you always have charged batteries in your smoke-detectors if in the unfortunate event you need them to work.
Prepare to Winterize Outside
It’s still a bit early in the season to start winterizing the outside, but it’s not too early to start getting a list together of what you need to do the outside of your house in preparation for winter.
- Drain the hose and put it in the shed or garage or the basement for the winter.
- Bring down any hanging plants.
- Outdoor summer patio furniture should be moved to storage for the winter to help preserve the life of the furniture
- You fertilized your lawn last month for the fall season, but your lawn will need a winter treatment too. Don’t let the winter chill make you forget about keeping up with your lawn.
Start now on your autumn list and you won’t be left in the cold this winter. Check for more Seasonal Tips for the fall or any time of year.