We’re not quite into fall, but as soon as football starts on TV, we start thinking of cooler weather and hot drinks.
Now is a good time to start thinking of projects around your home that are good for fall weather. We’ve trolled the internet — and asked some experts — to deliver a comprehensive list of to-do projects for the fall.
We’ve got another post coming soon about FUN things to do in the fall. For that, you can always check Get My PERKS for great ways to spend time with friends and family this fall.
CLEAN OR UPGRADE THE GUTTERS
Cleaning the gutters is a no-brainer, especially after all the leaves fall. Now is a good time to make sure the bottom of that gutter funnel is far enough away from your home. For just a few dollars each, you can extend the reach of your downspouts to lead water father away from your home.
FERTILIZE THE YARD
Yup, fall is a great time to fertilize because it helps roots get deep grounding before winter sets in. Check your home and garden store and make sure you get the right kind of fertilizer for the fall.
ROTATE AND FLIP THE MATTRESSES
Most mattresses still need this treatment and it only takes a few minutes. If you are good, you won’t even need to move the rest of the things you own into the hallway. Doing this will extend the life of your mattress and even out those hollow spots. It’s also a good time to give them a surface clean and maybe a spray or two with an anti-allergen spray.
CHANGE THE FILTERS ON YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
It might be that you don’t change your furnace filters every single month. Come on, we know you don’t. . . but now is the time to make sure they are ready for the cooler weather ahead. It’s also a good idea, if your heating system is not connected to your AC, to make sure all the vents or heaters are cleaned off of dust and particles.
ALARMS AND DETECTOR CHECK
They say to do it when the time changes, but you might be someone who can barely survive the time change — so pick a fall time to check your smoke detectors, your carbon monoxide detectors and others and put in fresh batteries. This is also a good time to make sure your fire extinguishers are in date and where they are supposed to be. Fire is more common in the winter and you want to be as prepared as you can be.
When you put up that ceiling fan, it had a little switch on it. In the summer, you want to the blades to spin in a counter-clockwise rotation so that it will move cool air down. In winter, you want to move the warm air down to help keep your home warmer, so flip the switch and the fan direction with switch — and you’ll heat your home more efficiently.
AIR OUT AND DRY CLEAN YOUR COMFORTER
Before you put that comforter back on your bed, it might be a little musty from being cooped up all winter. Take it out of it’s summer hibernation spot and air it out or get it dry cleaned so it will be fresh and lovely for your first chilly night.
GET OUT THE COATS — AND DRY CLEAN THEM, TOO
This is another item that benefits from a nice dry cleaning. You might not remember all those January days when mud and splatter were your coat’s best friend, but it wants to be a good coat to you again — so give it a good cleaning.
GET OUT THE HUMIDIFIERS
It helps to keep some moisture in the house and your little nose from cracking or that cough from sticking around too long. No matter what kind of heat you use, it will dry your house out and a humidifier in your main living space and in bedrooms will help.
GET THE CHIMNEY INSPECTED
Tell the kids you are making sure Santa can make it safely into the house, but this is not something to mess around with. You want to get that chimney cleaned every year.
REVIEW YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLANS
We said it earlier, but there are more house fires (and many more night time house fires) in winter than at any other time of the year. Fall is a perfect time to review your family’s safety plan for what happens during a fire. How do we get out and where do we all meet. Those are the questions you need to make sure are answered and understood by everyone.
This isn’t the end-all of lists, but it should give you a good start. If you have other fall to-do’s, let us know in the comments section!