Fall Prep Part 3: Inside the Home

furnace-repairNow that the weather is starting to change, there are a lot of changes you should make as a homeowner as well.  Most of your time will probably be outside your home, but there are plenty of items inside your home that should be adjusted as well.

First thing is switching from cold to hot.  Now that it’s cooler outside, you’ll want to ensure your furnace is turned on and working properly.  This is especially important because of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.  There are likely many companies that can turn on and tune up your furnace, making sure there are no dangerous leaks. fireplace

Along these lines, you’ll want to turn off your cooling system and seal any ducts in the case of an air conditioner.  And speaking of sealing, check your home for—especially around windows and doors—for holes or cracks which can cause warm air to seep out and significantly raise your heating bill.

Now would also be a good time to reprogram your thermostat, making adjustments for the colder season and shifting schedules.

If your home has a fireplace, now would be the time to open and clean it, even starting a fire or two to get the chimney working.

IMG_6497Another great tip is to store containers of ice melt around your homes outside doors.  This makes it much easier to apply as you’re coming and going, and preventing any nasty spills to you and your family and friends.