You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but how about fall home improvement? These projects will get your home in tip-top shape before the holidays!
Clean the Gutters
The spring and summer have left plenty of opportunities for dirt and debris to get inside your gutters, which can decrease their efficacy. Gutters that aren’t routinely cleaned once a year or so are also more likely to have a shorter lifespan and need to be replaced sooner.
Change Air Filters
The air filters for your HVAC system need to be cleaned or replaced once a month, not just as the seasons change! If you have disposable filters, you can vacuum them once and get two months on one filter before it needs to be replaced. If you have foam filters, you can vacuum them over and over without needing to replace them. Be sure that you also vacuum the filter covers, air vents, and returns throughout your home to help keep things energy efficient and allergy-friendly – especially if you have pets!
Once a year, change all of the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check to make sure they are in working order. Although the batteries may not actually drain out over just one year, the last thing you’d want is a dead smoke detector in the event of a fire. You can always test the level of the removed batteries and place them in other less crucial devices (like the remote) around the house.
Fertilize the Lawn
Even though our weather is relatively sunny and warm year-round, it’s a good idea to give your lawn a healthy dose of nutrients to make it through the slightly chillier months! It will help ensure that your grass, clover, or other lawn covering is green and lush when spring comes around again.
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Although you may not notice a draft as much as someone in Michigan might, any unexpected blast of cool air can be unpleasant in the winter. Take the fall to find any gaps or drafty spots and seal the window or door so that you can be as cozy as you want when it gets cooler.