In the following weeks, the weather will take a turn for the pleasant, with temperatures going down and the air getting cold. So, you need to take certain measures to protect your home from the oncoming changes and make it comfortable to live in through the coming autumn and winter. Here are five of the measures you must take before the autumn truly sets in.
- Clean out the gutters
Over the past few months, the gutters and drains in your home have probably gathered a lot of debris and might get clogged up if they aren’t cleaned. Now is the best time to do so, before further debris clogs up the pipes and leads to serious issues.
- Cover the air conditioner units
In a few weeks, the temperature will get comfortable and you won’t need to switch on your air conditioners anymore. So, cover the units from the outside with special cloth covers or plastic tarps to protect them from the harsh elements. Removing the filters and storing them somewhere clean and enclosed is also a good way to keep them ready for next summer.
- Check your gas and water connections
When weather changes, pipes and utilities might be affected. So, have an expert come over and check your gas and water connections for any leaks, rusting, or corrosion. This seasonal inspection will ensure that there is no wastage of energy in your home, leading to controlled bills.
- Fix any leaks or drafts
Before the weather fully changes, do a thorough check of your house, particularly all doorways and windows. Fix any broken mesh, tighten loose hinges, and figure out if any drafts are coming into your home and from what source.
If you live in an area where the winters are particularly harsh, you might want to seal your windowpanes and fix any cracks or gaps in the window frames.
- Protect your garden
As it gets colder, you will need to take measures to protect your garden and maintain certain plants. For more sensitive planting beds, laying compost on them will keep them warm and fertile until spring. Refresh this compost layer once in a while and when the weather gets warm again, you’ll have extremely fertile and well-rested soil to work with.
There are some plants that need to be planted in these months so they can bloom properly later. This is true for all bulbs, as they will lie dormant under the soil in winter and then come to fruition in spring. If you have a grassy lawn, then now is the best time to sow seeds and add fertiliser for lush, green grass even in winter. As for plants like tomatoes and flowers, keep them as warm as possible by covering them without hindering the sunlight. Also prepare plant pots for winter blooms in these days so you can enjoy a colourful garden no matter what time of year it is.
So, keep your home in top shape for the upcoming autumn and winter and enjoy the pleasant weather it brings. If you have more suggestions, tell us below!