Colorful leaves are falling and there’s a crisp bite in the air. If you haven’t noticed that cozy scent of pumpkin-flavored everything, then you might not know Autumn is officially here.
The fall season starts on September 22nd and runs through December 20th. That means it’s time to prepare your Gemcraft home for colder weather. Here’s a basic checklist to get your home ready for the colder months.
Have Your HVAC System Inspected
For the next 6 months, you’ll be pretty reliant on your heating system to keep life cozy. Make sure your HVAC equipment is ready to produce consistent heat for the coming weather.
The shift in seasons is a great time to replace the air filter, schedule a tune-up and make sure you won’t have a surprise breakdown on a chilly night. Call a local HVAC pro to keep the climate in your control this fall!
Get Your Water Heater Flushed
Water heater issues are common in the fall and winter. The last thing you need is shower suds in your hair with ice-cold water temperatures…
Schedule a licensed plumber to carefully inspect your water heater for any issues. They can flush your system of sediments, test for proper function and make you aware of any worn-out parts.
Clean Your Gutters
Rain is on the forecast! And with all the recently fallen leaves, your gutters and downspouts need extra attention. Avoid clogged drains, a leaky roof, and pooling water by spending a few hours cleaning your roofline. You can test for good water flow and drainage by spraying water from your garden hose onto the roof.
Protect Your Plumbing
With freezing temperatures come burst pipes. Avoid damage to your property by taking extra precautions for your plumbing. Disconnect all outdoor hoses, drain the water, and make sure all exterior faucets are tightly in the off position. If you have exposed pipes in garages or areas that maintain colder temperatures, consider wrapping them in insulation. Here’s an in-depth look at how to care for your plumbing in Pennsylvania this season.
Stock Up On Supplies
Make sure you’re ready for any big storms or power outages. Have ice melt, ice scrapers, and emergency items like water, first aid kits, and warm clothes at-the-ready.
You’ll notice the days are much shorter, so be sure you have plenty of lightbulbs for outdoor and indoor spaces in case they burn out.
Care For Your Landscaping
Freezing temperatures can be hard on your lovely Gemcraft backyard. Move any potted trees or plants inside that can’t handle the weather. Consider having an arborist check taller trees for dead limbs or vulnerable branches that could break in severe wind or cold weather. Here are several great fall plant care tips for Maryland residents.
Decorate Your Home
Not all seasonal preparations are chore-related! Take some time to enjoy the fall season with festive decorating. Gather pumpkins, burlap, leaves, hay bales and corn stalks and add the flavor of fall to every room. Don’t forget some fall-scented candles to increase the cozy-factor. Then share a picture of all your fall decor on Gemcraft’s Facebook page!