Preparing Your Home For Autumn and Winter
Now that autumn is in full swing, and winter is following soon, it's time to get your home ready for the cooler months ahead. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, you'll need to make sure that your home is prepared to keep you warm and cozy.
Whether you're a first-time homeowner or a seasoned pro, this guide will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to get your Long Island home ready for autumn and winter.
1. Check Your HVAC SystemYour heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be your first priority when getting your home ready for fall and winter. Inspect your furnace or boiler and replace the air filter if necessary. And clean the vents, ducts, and registers to ensure that the warm air circulates properly throughout your home.
2. Inspect Your Roof and GuttersIt's important to ensure that your roof and gutters are in good condition before the colder months arrive. Clean out any debris from the gutters and inspect them for damage or leaks, and be sure to look for signs of wear and tear on your roof, such as missing shingles or cracks. It’s important to take these maintenance tasks seriously and get them done ASAP!
3. Seal Air LeaksAir leaks are a common problem in many houses, especially during the colder months. Check your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks that could let in cold air. It’s recommended that you use weatherstripping or caulking to seal any air leaks you find. You may also want to consider adding draft stoppers to your doors to help keep out the cold!
4. Insulate Your HomeProper insulation is essential to keeping your home warm and cozy during the colder months. Check your attic insulation to ensure that it's in good condition, and add more if necessary. Don’t forget to insulate your garage and any crawl spaces to prevent heat loss.
5. Stock Up on SuppliesLast but not least, stock up on all the supplies you'll need to get through the colder months! Make sure you have plenty of firewood, blankets, and warm clothing. Check your emergency kit to ensure that you have everything you need in case of a power outage or other emergency. And remember to buy some salt or sand to help melt any ice on your sidewalks and driveways.
Although it’s been a while since Long Island had a bad blizzard or snowstorm, it’s always best to stay prepared with these home care tips!
And while you’re staying prepared, remember it’s never too early to start applying to save on your property taxes.