Bringing Your Home Into FallSep 27 2011
This week at the corporate office in Chicago, we got our first taste of cold weather. As we begrudgingly pulled out jackets and froze our toes while trying to get the most out of our summer shoes, we all began to focus on fall preparations. But there’s much more that can be done in fall than just putting away our summer clothes, it’s also a perfect time for some home renovations. Here are some ideas to prep your home for the cold weather.
Winterizing Your Deck
After all that barbequing this summer, your deck might be looking a little rough. After you put away your patio furniture for the season, power-wash the deck with a pressure washer to dislodge any dirt stuck in the wood. It’s also a good time to reseal your deck if you use a sealant or stain, just make sure it’s a warm day with no chance of rain and start early!
Insulating Exposed Plumbing
Uninsulated plumbing lines in unheated spaces require a lot of power, since the water heater has to work harder to heat the water. It can also cause pipes to freeze and burst if temperatures dip below the freezing mark in the winter. Foam wrap can be purchased at any home improvement store, which can be used to wrap all exposed pipes to save on energy as we get into the winter months.
Cleaning out the roof gutters after the leaves fall will save you the hassle of ice dams that can damage a roof in the winter. Blow out the gutters with a leaf blower or hose. Check for any other damages to the gutters as heavy snow will make them worse.
Upgrading Doors and Windows
Check all exterior doors to make sure that they’re well insulated and that there are no gaps or cracks between the doors and frames to let heat escape.
Fall days are the perfect temperature for indoor painting in comparison to summer’s humidity and winter’s lack of ventilation. Open up windows to create a breeze to both reduce the paint smell and dry the walls quickly.