Labor Day has passed, which some people see as the unofficial last day of summer. In reality, we still have two weeks left of summer, but those two weeks will go fast. The fall season is upon us, which means gradually dropping temperatures (depending on where you live), and an endless supply of pumpkin spiced products.
As you prepare to get into the season, it’s also time to start thinking about simply safety measures that you can take for the protection of your home in the fall. Most of these measures are simple and can essentially be taken care of in one weekend every month.
1. Check your heating system
This is probably the one autumn safety tip that will take the most time, but its importance can not be overlooked. If you live in a place where hot springs and summers are common, there’s a good chance that your heating system has been sitting dormant for anywhere from four to six months. Have a reserve set of air filters ready to go as well
Take the time to call an HVAC inspector to make sure that your system is up to code, still runs efficiently, and doesn’t put out deadly carbon monoxide gases. Make sure that ll ducts are cleared as well.
2. Don’t forget the fireplace
Either you use your fireplace a little or you use it a lot, but it’s not likely that you’re using your indoor fireplace during the summer. If you use your indoor fireplace a often during the colder months, then an annual chimney sweep is recommended. Be sure to use seasoned wood in your fireplace, as it will burn cleaner.
3. Check the gutters
If you have owned a house for a while in a relatively wooded area, there’s a chance that you’ve already had to clear out the gutters once or twice before. Apart from what some might see as issues in aesthetics, gutters that are clogged by leaves can cause continuous dripping onto the foundation of your home. Over time, this can potentially mean damage to your home’s foundation.
Make it a point to clean your gutters a few times throughout the autumn season, but it’s not necessary to make it a weekly task.
4. Rake your leaves. Don’t burn them
The legality of burning leaves varies from city to city – even town to town. But it’s important to note that leaf burning is not good for the health of you or your family. According to the website of Adams County, Wisconsin, burning leaves can released hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide and Benzo(a)pyrene. If you want to do something your leaves, consider starting a compost pile for the spring and summer when it comes time to garden.