How to Prepare Your Home for Fall Weather

It is almost time to pack up the BBQ, sharpen the kids’ pencils for school, and get your last laps in at the pool. That’s right, summer is winding to a close and before we know it, autumn will be here. 

While it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, it is important to prepare your home for fall before the weather takes a turn and you are left in the cold. Before the last of the warm temperatures fade, be sure to get your home fall-ready with these four steps:

Patch Holes and Cracks in Siding
Untreated holes and cracks in your home’s siding are a major trouble spot in the fall and winter months. Not only do these holes let unwanted pests in, but they also let the warm air and energy of your home escape out. Do a thorough inspection of your home’s siding before summer is over, and make a point to patch any problem areas as soon as possible to avoid future damage and costs.

Reinforce Windows and Doors
The warm air your furnace creates in the fall to help your home remain comfortable is notorious for sneaking out of cracks near where your windows and doors do not securely shut. Reinforce your space before your home’s energy can escape by installing weatherstrip to needed doors and windows, or even consider replacing windows and doors that are in need and can’t be made efficient.

Inspect Your Insulation
Similar to how warm air can escape through windows and doors, increasing your energy usage, the same air can escape through poorly insulated roofs. Before this season ends, take an afternoon and inspect your attic for proper insulation, and have a professional repair any areas that need help prior to the first freeze of the year.

Schedule a Maintenance Appointment
The most important way to make your home fall weather ready is to schedule a yearly maintenance appointment for your furnace. By having an expert like Overland Park Heating and Cooling check your heating appliances for problems and to make sure it is running in optimal condition, you will save on both future costs and frustration in the cool seasons ahead. Not to mention, this annual checkup will give you peace of mind, knowing that your equipment, and entire house, is safe.

Summer may be ending, but your task of getting your home ready for fall is just beginning. Invest a little time and effort now to make sure your home is in peak condition for the Kansas City autumn ahead, and rest easy knowing you’re prepared for the falling temperatures when they hit.

To learn more about preparing your home for fall, visit Overland Park Heating and Cooling today.