Fall is a beautiful time of year, and a very real sign of change: leaves falling, animals stashing, and temperatures dropping. Fall also brings some of the last chances to get all those necessary outdoor (and indoor!) items done in time for the colder winter months that bring snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures.
Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind as you savor the fall and prep for the winter:
- Clean out dryer and exhaust vents. Be sure your vents are clear of lint and debris to prevent build up and fire hazards.
- Remove hoses and shut off external water sources. Don’t forget to check under decks too!
- Clear out your gutters! Be sure they are free from leaves and any additional debris that could prevent free flow of water and melting snow.
- Furnace tune-up time! Make sure that baby doesn’t go cold on you when you need it the most. Have your furnace routinely serviced to keep it running at its peak.
- Swap out your screens. If your screens have been the star of your windows throughout summer, swap them out for your winter panes. Take care any screens in need of repair now so they are ready to go in the spring.
- Yard clean up. Rake or mulch up leaves to prevent dead patches – especially along fences. Pick up after pets and kids frequently, especially since here in Minnesota, you never know when that first big snowstorm is coming!
- Weather-proof your interiors too! Check for air leaks and drafts around windows and doors. Repair, caulk, or wrap as needed to keep your heating bill lows and your toes toasty and warm.