Ask Away Blog: Getting Your Home Healthy And Ready For Fall

Getting Your Home Healthy And Ready For Fall

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

 
Fall is fast approaching and, with it, a lot of people are expecting the weather to be more tumultuous and the rain heavier than most years to make up for the crazy heatwaves we’ve been experiencing. Here, we’re going to look at a range of ways you can get your home ready for all, both to make it safe and healthy for you and your family, and to give it those cozy vibes that can help you relax as the days get a little shorter and the nights a little darker.

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Get the garden ready

By the time we get into fall, most of your gardening for the year is going to be done. A little tidying here and there, but mostly, everything’s going to get easier to manage. If you want to make it easier to manage come springtime, then you should consider fertilizing your lawn to protect it from freezing and getting patchy over winter. If you have any lawn or outdoor furniture, you might want to consider draining it and putting it away in the shed or whatever storage you have, as well. Leaving it out in fall weather can result in it becoming soaked and dirty, just giving you another task to do come the next year.

Take a look at your guttering

Your gutters are going to be put to work, draining a lot of water away from the roof. However, in the summer and fall, they are more vulnerable to being blocked by leaves, twigs, and other debris. When these blockages build-up, they can stop water from being effectively drained down the pipe. The water will instead look for the path of least resistance, which may mean a gap under the roof tile or a crack anywhere in the facade of the home. Over enough time, this can lead to a leak into the home. If it’s safe to reach it, then consider taking the time to clean your gutter and make sure that there are no blockages that could risk your home.

Check around the home for air leaks (and regular leaks)

We can expect to see a lot more rain and wind, meaning that any vulnerabilities in the boundary of your home are going to be tested to their limits. For that reason, if there’s any risk of air leaks or leaks, you should aim to patch them up. Feel around your doors and windows for signs of air leaks and be ready to caulk them if you discover them. However, the greatest danger can come from above, so be sure to get in touch with a roofing company to have them up there and check out for leaks or cracked/broken tiles. Even a little gap can result in a lot of water coming through the top of the home.

Make sure your HVAC is in good working order

The days are about to get a lot colder for most of us, meaning that we are most likely than ever to rely on the heating systems throughout the home. It might have been a while since you’ve turned them on, so give them a test run before the days get too cold to see how effective and efficient they are. Hearing any strange noises from them, spotting any cold spots, or simply finding that they’re not working? Then it might be time to call your HVAC engineer and get them to fix it. Even if it is working okay, if you haven’t had it serviced in a couple of years, it’s recommended you do so, simply to keep it efficient.

Aim for those cozy vibes

With the rain, wind, and darkening nights outside, it’s easy for our moods to take a turn. The seasons can affect our emotional health a lot more profoundly than some might imagine. For that reason, it’s worth taking the time to give the home an extra bit of comfy appeal. These DIY fall decor ideas can help you give your home that feeling of warmth, softness, and coziness that can be just the perfect thing for sitting back and enjoying the changing of the seasons. Surrounding yourself with the more beautiful aspects of nature such as changing leaf jars can help you see the lovelier side of the season a little more easily.

Hopefully, this fall sees everyone safe and healthy as we head into the end of the year. It’s been a weird, stressful year, but with the tips above we can at least make sure that we’re safe, comfortable, and healthy in our own homes.


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