The journey to homeownership takes encouragement and endurance, ultimately leading to evolution and structure. The changing weather could complicate your journey if you ignore proper maintenance. You aren’t alone in this, as we are here to help you prepare for colder months and avoid those common pitfalls.
Changing your filter can ensure your furnace operates smoothly and improve the indoor air quality. If left unattended, it can cause the filter to shut down and cause severe damage to your furnace. Remove the filter and hold it toward the light to determine its cleanliness. If the light is clouded, then it is best to replace the filter.
Clean the Gutters:
Usually, clean gutters direct water from your home, lessening the risk of water damage. Cleaning gutters will be vital as piling leaves can clog them. Blocked gutters can capture tons of water, providing a home for mold and insects or causing water to seep into your home. While there’s no single best method, cleaning it from the ground is the safest route. Use a leaf blower to clear the debris and a water hose to rid the remains. If this isn’t a comfortable option, contacting a professional to help is viable.
Covering Outdoor furniture:
It is sad to say goodbye to the sunny days, but let’s welcome this transition with open arms. The weather has yet to be brutal, making it a good time to prioritize the conditioning of your furniture. Cold temperatures can damage outdoor furniture if not properly stored and protected. It is best to consider the furniture material; wicker materials such as bamboo and seagrass may begin to unravel during the season. Wood furniture will begin to split when exposed to colder temperatures, and durable materials like metal will last longer in comparison; however, they will still be impacted by consistent exposure to extreme conditions. Store them in an easy-to-build storage shed to avoid damage to individual furniture. Shielding wooden furniture with a wood protectant will protect it from mold, algae, and mildew. Cover larger items such as couches and chairs with a cover or tarp. Ensure both furniture covers and tarps fit your furniture tightly, leaving minimal room for rain to enter.
Due to warm and humid weather, carpets take longer to dry in the summer. Making fall the perfect time to start as temperatures are cooler with lower humidity levels. Cleaning your carpets can provide a cleaner and healthier environment for your family. It improves air quality and eliminates allergens, as it can trap airborne particles and other pollutants that may harm your ability to be comfortable inside your home. Carpeting is essential to interior comfort and a critical aspect of home maintenance that should not be neglected.
Sealing Air Leaks:
Air leakage can quickly become troublesome, creating a drafty and uneasy housing experience. This can welcome dust and dirt, making it difficult to keep your interior clean. Also, it costs you wasted energy and higher bills. It can be difficult to determine where your home has an air leak, but it is doable as you’ll want to familiarize yourself with common areas of air leaks, such as floors, ceilings, and outside walls. Caulking may be one of the more cost-effective methods for sealing your home from air leaks.
Homeownership will come with complications that can test your endurance; however, these tips can assist in making your homeownership journey rewarding, as everyone deserves a decent place to live and call home.