Fall is approaching faster than you think, and that means it’s time to start preparing your home for the new season. If you’re unsure what to do, keep reading for helpful tips.
Clean your gutters
If rain gutters are blocked they can overflow which can cause water damage to your home, including the foundation and basement. Take out your ladder, and clear out any leaves, branches, or debris from the gutter. If you’re part of a strata, this maintenance should be done for you sometime in early September.
Switch to a programmable thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat is completely worth the investment, especially once the the weather cools down. As Lillian Custom Homes explains, “if you set your thermostat back while you’re away during the day, you could save up to 10% on your air conditioning/heating bill each year. Many programmable thermostats can even be accessed from your phone.” When I purchased my home, we switched over all of our thermostats to Mysa Smart Thermostat, this change has been absolutely worth while! Mysa is a smart thermostat for electric baseboards, fan-forced, + other high voltage electric heating systems that you can control from anywhere with their free mobile app. You can customize your heating schedule, integrate it with your smart home, and save up to 26% on electricity costs!
Reverse your ceiling fan
During winter, warm air rises up to the ceiling fan while cool air will stay close to the ground. By flipping a switch and reversing your ceiling fan, cool air is forced up, and warmer air is pushed down!
Check smoke detectors
Checking your smoke detectors is a must before Fall. Make sure to replace all batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Once you’ve replaced the batteries, press the test button to insure they are working properly.
Prepare your outdoor spaces
Patio weather isn’t quite over yet, but it’s a good time to start thinking of purchasing patio covers / storage boxes to ensure your outdoor furniture is nicely taken care of when the cooler weather comes around. If you already have storage boxes / a shed you’ll be storing everything in, now is the time to give it a nice clean!
Switch out your clothes
While we are having a bit of a warmer September, the winds and cool nights are definitely making a come-back. In the next week or two I highly suggest sorting through all of your warmer clothes and storing away your Summer clothes. This will ensure your nicely prepared once Raincouver is back in action.
Pull out the warm throws
While you’re shifting your Summer / Fall clothes, make sure to also grab your cozy throws out of storage. If you’re looking for a few new throws or pillows to add to your home, HomeSense is always a great option.
I hope these pointers are helpful when it comes to preparing your home for the new season!