Is Your Home Ready for Fall?
Up north, the cool autumn air and changing colors of the leaves is a reminder that fall is most definitely on the way. While Georgia does not have many signs of the cool weather to come (yet), it is definitely time to start prepping our bodies, cars, and even our home for the upcoming fall and winter.
Just as we prepare our homes for the summer by mowing our lawns, trimming our bushes, mulching, and planting flowers, quite a few people do not realize that there are things to do in the fall and winter, as well.
To give you just an idea on how important it really is, let me give you an example. Remember our ice storm a couple of years back? Even just last year, we had quite a bit of snowy, cold weather. Now, imagine waking up on a day such as those, getting out of bed, and trying to turn up the heat because it is freezing cold in your home. You were tossing and turning all night, shivering, even though you had a sheet, comforter, and two blankets on top of you. Now that you are awake, you realize that your furnace has stopped working.
Simple things like that, or even others such as drafty windows, pests etc. can be avoided with some basic fall and winter preparation. So, if you own your home and want to prepare for fall, get on it now! Not all of it has to be timely and frustrating - some of it can be fun, as well. Below, you will find just a few ways that you can prepare your home for fall.
Okay, let’s start with a fun fall preparation tip: you can never have too many cozy blankets. There is just something about fall and coziness that I absolutely love. From fall scented candles, pumpkin decorations, and fall coffee cups to cozy blankets, warm socks, and leggings, it’s one of my favorite parts of cooler weather. Cozy blankets (and other fall decor) is essential to me. Target, HomeGoods, and TJ Maxx all have great options when it comes to both cozy blankets, warm clothes, and other fall decor. The store, And That! also has some great fall decor options, as well.
One of the most important tips that I think I could give you is to prepare your fireplace. If you are interested in making your house even more cozy by starting a fire in the fireplace, please make sure you have your fireplace inspected before the beginning of the cool weather season. This is essential because a fire in your home is not something to mess around with. In addition to having your fireplace inspected, I would also have your dryer vent cleaned. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents. Crazy, right? Please make sure that you make your home fire ready before the cool weather hits!
A Stocked Freezer
Even though we usually do not need all of it, I make sure to stock up my freezer for the winter months, just in case. I find that when I am really cold, it’s harder to cook and I’m more inclined to eat food that I have already prepped. I love finding freezer-friendly meals, which makes my life a lot easier. This is also useful when we have a winter storm, because I do not have to run to the store like everyone else.
An Inspected Furnace
Like I mentioned above, you do not want to have a furnace go out on you. I suggest getting HVAC tune ups at least once a year, preferably twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. This way, you will be good to go in the hot summer and in the cold winter.
All of the pests that you do not want in your home try to find a way in at the end of the summer and beginning of the fall. In order to prevent them from getting in, I suggest biting the bullet and getting your house sealed off. That should come with an included one year warranty, with the option to renew the warranty at the end of each year.
If your windows let in a lot of draft, you should consider replacing them. If they are not old enough for replacement, you may want to think about other solutions such as, having them sealed, putting up curtains, or installing window films. A lot of people have not heard about the benefits of window tinting, so that is what I want to focus on. For a fraction of the price compared to replacing your windows, you can have a local company such as UHS Window Tinting and Blinds install window films to help block out cold (and hot) air. Serving the Metro-Atlanta area, which includes, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Buford, Smyrna, Marietta, Canton, and more, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds is the premier residential and commercial window tinting and window treatments company in Georgia. They are locally-owned and operated and have more than 30 years of window tinting experience. They are fully knowledgeable in all-things windows and will help you make the right decision for yourself and your home. In addition to helping with excessive heat and cold, window films can also help with fading, glare, safety, security, and high energy costs. They really are a win-win! If you are in the search for window tinting services, I recommend award winning company, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds.