There are some really important home chores–or projects, if you’d rather–that should be tackled before winter arrives.
Doing these tasks before winter sets in can make your winter better, your spring work load lighter, and they can even help keep your energy bills down.
Just take a little time every weekend, and you’ll have this done in no time.
Rake Up Leaves
This used to be the most dreaded chore at my house. Raking and throwing away leaves wasn’t anyone’s idea of a good time over here.
But overtime we found ways to make it more fun for the kids.
In fact, they actually enjoy making mulch to use, whether in our compost pile or garden beds, out of the leaves we pick up. We also turn on some music and plan a movie and snack night to finish up the chore.
So why is this a necessary chore?
Dead leaves can damage your lawn. Keeping your lawn clear of leaves will help prevent mold and plant diseases that can affect plant life if it sits for too long.
It also really lightens your spring workload. And the leaves are much lighter and better smelling in the fall versus the spring.
So, enjoy the leaves for a while, then get them cleaned up.
Seal Your Home From The Elements
Whether it’s air conditioning or heating, if your windows or doors aren’t properly sealed, your energy bills are going to go up. It’s a big waste of money.
Weather stripping, window film, heavy curtains, or even a towel at the bottom of a door can do a lot to keep your home warm.
Also, keep an eye out on any developing cracks in between surfaces such as window frames and walls.
Use caulk to seal cracks to prevent moisture from getting in and to prevent mold. In case you weren’t sure, you use silicone caulk for small cracks in your home. Larger cracks should be filled with expandable spray foam.
Fall is a good time to schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment.
Your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) unit works hard all year, and yearly maintenance reviews are highly recommended.
This check-up will make sure everything in your unit is working well and safely. It helps you stay ahead of any wear and tear before they become expensive or even dangerous problems.
It’s highly recommended that you don’t try to fix or maintain your HVAC system yourself. It’s complicated and a wrong move can be dangerous for you and your family.
So, if you want affordable energy bills, keep that HVAC system maintained and running efficiently.
Replace Your Filters
The most important filter in your home (in my opinion) is your hvac filter.
That filter influences your heating/cooling system efficiency and even your energy bills.
Generally, you should replace your hvac filter every three months. This keeps your system operating at peak efficiency and improves your indoor air quality.
You want your hvac system working very well, especially in the winter. And it’s easy to change your filter out. Simply remove the grate, take out the old filter, and put in the new filter. I like to also clean the grate to keep things nice.
I highly recommend getting electrostatically charged filters, as they can remove 99% of airborne pollutants.
And while you’re on filters, go ahead and replace any other filters in your home: refrigerator water filters, other water filters, dishwasher filters, air purifier filters, vacuum filters, etc.
Clean Out Your Gutters And Spouts
Gutters should be cleaned after storms and seasonally (especially fall–all those leaves!).
Cleaning out your gutters is important for your home’s siding and foundation.
Water damage can occur if you don’t keep your gutters clean. Your siding can rot, your roof can leak, your flower beds and sides of your home can erode over time. And it can ruin the foundations of your home. This can all lead to expensive damages.
A simple ladder, gloves, and bucket is all you need to clean your gutters. Or hire a professional to get them cleaned.