The beginning of September is a sign that summer is coming to a close. The leaves will soon change, and the weather will cool down. The first day of fall is September 22nd, so you need to start thinking about how autumn affects your home, both inside and out. The weather can change quickly, especially if you live in a colder climate, and the last thing you want to be is unprepared. A bit of attention and preparation now will save costly repairs and frustration later.

Exterior Maintenance

Check on Your Roof

From the ground, you should be able to accomplish a visual inspection of your roof. Binoculars always help. Check for missing or loose shingles and any damage you’re able to spot. The best way to ensure that your roof is ready for the change of season is to hire a professional to inspect your roof. This way, no damage gets left behind. You should also check your gutters, and you need to make sure that your downspouts are flowing freely. Look for leaks and remove all leaves and debris. You’ll have enough falling leaves to worry about in the next couple of months!

Reinforce Windows and Doors

If you use storm windows and doors, now is the time to remove and install screens. You should also check caulk and seals around all doors and windows. This helps guarantee that no water can seep through. 

Turn Off Faucets and Store Hose

This is an essential step for when the weather starts to get chilly. If you have any water hoses, drain and disconnect them from the outside spigots. Store them in a dry place so that any residual water doesn’t freeze. All exterior faucets should be shut off. You may even need to turn off the valve inside your home if you have an older home. 

Inspect Surrounding Trees and Landscaping

Check for any damaged trees that look like they could break or are too close to power lines or the roof. Trim up bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone. Rake up all of the leaves in your yard and put them into a compost pile if you have one. If not, you can put them in a yard garbage bag and leave them on the curb for pickup. 

Interior Maintenance

Check for Drafts

Feel around windows and doors to see if air is seeping in. An easy way to know is by lighting a candle and seeing if the flame flickers. For especially drafty windows, consider buying insulated drapery.

Inspect Your Furnace

Hire an HVAC professional to check your furnace for leaks and heating efficiency. They should also change the filter. Carbon monoxide checks are an excellent idea to ensure air safety. Prep your home by stocking up on air filters and changing them every few months. 

Prep Your AC

If you have central air conditioning in your home, and your climate doesn’t call for it anymore, it could be necessary to cover the outdoor unit for the colder weather. If you have any window units in your home, remove them or cover them to prevent air leaks. 

Program Your Thermostat

Check the temperature settings on your thermostat. You can save a substantial amount of money by setting your thermostat to lower your home's temperature automatically at night and when you’re away. 

How We Can Help

At XL Contracting, roofing is second nature. Your roof is your home’s number one line of defense against the elements, and we can ensure it is ready for the change in weather! To book a FREE roof inspection with us today, visit our website through this link!