The summer heat is slowly subsiding and as the temperature begins to cool, there are certain projects you can do around the house to prepare for the fall and winter months.
In this blog post, we’re sharing four of them.
Clean the gutters
Leaves and other debris can accumulate in your gutters which can slow or even stop the drainage of water off your roof.
That’s why it’s important to routinely clean your gutters and downspouts throughout the year and especially during the fall and winter months to prevent water damage.
Spread mulch to protect perennial plants
If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to spread mulch to protect your perennial plants from the cooler temperatures. Doing so insulsulates the plants and provides an added layer of protection from pests.
When spreading mulch, make sure to apply a three-inch-thick layer and try not to deeply cover the growing points of perennial plants.
If you cover perennials with too much mulch, you run the risk of the crown of the plant staying wet which will lead to rot.
Let’s not forget, mulching in the fall makes one less garden chore you have to tackle in the spring!
Prep your fireplace
It’s estimated there are over 25,000 chimney fires a year in the United States alone.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure it’s in good condition before you begin using it in the fall and winter months:
- Check for visible cracks, holes, erosion, or stains on the exterior of the chimney.
- Inspect the flue to make sure there’s no buildup of soot or any cracks, holes, or separations.
In addition to these tips, if you want to make sure everything is in working order before the first fire of the season, consult the help of a chimney specialist.
Make sure windows are properly sealed
Windows are responsible for up to 30 percent of a home’s heating and cooling energy loss. That’s why it’s important to make sure your windows are properly sealed to avoid any spikes in your energy costs.
A quick way to inspect your windows is to wet your hand and hold it near the seals. If you feel a draft, you’ll likely need to reseal your windows. Another way is to tap on the window. Any rattling or movement could mean there’s an issue with the seal.
When we install custom wood shutters, we do so with precision to keep out the cold and heat by providing additional insulation for your windows.
If you find it’s time to replace your windows coverings, our team at Avalon Shutters is ready to Transform Your Home. Contact us today and schedule your free in-home consultation.