Preparing for Fall: How to Get Your House Ready for the Cold Weather

Bye, summer! Hello, fall! Check out our list of things to do to get your home ready for the colder weather on Long Island.

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Since fall has officially begun and Long Island is already feeling the cold weather,need to start planning. So as we pull out the sweaters, we need to start thinking about our homes. Everyone on Long Island is readying themselves for the colder weather. There are some home repairs we need to start doing to protect our homes for fall and winter weather.
 
There is a lot to do and many businesses on Long Island can help aid in getting your home fall and winter ready. Check out our list of thing to do around your home:
  • Fall Cleaning: Like spring cleaning, but in the fall. You might as well clean your homes to start the fall off right. 
  • Closing Your Pool: It is getting too cold to enjoy our pools anymore. So, if you have not already, this is the time to drain your pools and cover them. 
  • Clean Gutter: Nothing is worst than clogged gutters in the fall. Leaves get trapped and can potentially cause more harm to your homes.
  • Chimney Cleaning: If you enjoy a nice toasty fire, you need to make sure you get your chimney cleaned yearly. It is a potential fire and carbon monoxide hazard. After the winter season or before the fall, chimney services will clean your chimneys.
  • Sprinklers: As the weather gets colder, water expands. Imagine water expanding in the pipes of your sprinklers. It causes damage, so you will need to expel the water from your sprinkler system before turning it off for the season.
  • Raking: Leaves are now falling. So, get out your rakes and be ready to rake leaves into a pile...and then jumping in them...among other things you can do this fall.
  • Oil in the Tank: If your home is oil heated, make sure to get a fill-up before turning on the heat. No need to go cold with this double check.
  • Set Your Ceiling Fan in the Clockwise Direction: This is an energy efficient way to circulate heat. Since warm air rises, a fan going clockwise will move the heat back down..
  • Fill-In the Holes and Gaps: To save on the heat, do your best to fill in drafty parts of windows and doors. 
  • Take Air Conditioners Out of Windows or Put on Air Conditioner Covers: You will not need these when it starts to get cold, so start putting them away or put on covers. This will keep heat in the house as well.
  • Put Away Screen Doors and Put in Storm Windows: Another energy efficient idea that will help with keeping the cold out and the warmth in.
Is there any other way you prepare your home for the fall on Long Island? Leave a comment below with your home tips.