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Getting ready for winter-
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by Paul Denikin
My name is Paul and I consider myself to be fairly handy, but that wasn’t always the case. My DIY journey started with the birth of my second child. Our daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. As she got older, we quickly realized that our home had some unique needs as well. In order to be able to focus as much of our budget as possible for Maggie’s therapies, I starting doing home modifications myself.
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Easy End-of-Summer Maintenance
to Prepare for Cooler Weather
The days are growing shorter and the weather is getting cooler … summer is coming to an end. You’re probably celebrating the fact that the kids are back at school, and it won’t be as miserable to wear a suit to work. But the end of summer also means it’s time to hit the grindstone and prepare for the busiest months of the year. You’ll want to make sure everything is ready for holiday guests and colder weather.
Your home is probably in need of a little TLC after the dog days of summer. Extreme heat, storms, and pollution all take their toll on your house’s exterior throughout the season.
To prepare for end-of-summer maintenance, give your home a once-over and assess the necessary repairs you need to make. Here are a few of the things your home may need.
Change Your Air Filters
Over the summer, the air filters in your home have been working overtime to keep dust and allergens from making you sick. Having your air conditioner on full blast for months wears out the filters even more. To keep your furnace running efficiently in the colder months, you’ll need to change your air filters. Ignoring this simple bit of maintenance can lead to costly repairs down the road. The last thing you want is your furnace to go out mid-winter.
Attack the Attic
If your home has an attic, now is the time to inspect and repair any problem areas. Properly maintaining your attic helps conserve energy and makes your home cozier in the colder months. Check the insulation for decaying or dirty patches. Dry insulation typically indicates an air leak that needs to be sealed. If your attic isn’t fully insulated or could use a refresher, you’ll want to contact an expert insulation contractor to help restore it.
As the temperature cools, it’s the perfect occasion for a deep clean to the insides and outsides of your windows. It’s especially helpful to do this before winter since you want all the light you can get in your home over the coming months. This DIY tutorial will show you just how easy it is to wash your home’s windows yourself.
Pause the Pool
Unless your pool is indoors or you live near the equator, chances are your outdoor oasis won’t see much use in the coming months. After you’ve had your last splash-bash, balance the water to prevent corrosion on metal materials, then shock the water to kill any lingering microorganisms and give the whole area a thorough cleaning to remove all dirt and particles from the pool. Once everything is clean and sanitized, you’re safe to lower the water levels for your safety cover. A good safety cover works to keep dirt, grime, and other debris out of your pool while it rests during the winter.
Sanitize Outdoor Garbage Bins
Over the summer your outdoor garbage bins have probably become somewhat worse for wear. While its pungency may repel humans, a stinky trash can looks more like a warm and safe winter retreats for mice, possums, and racoons. Giving your bins a thorough cleaning can prevent unwanted guests from showing up in the colder months.
When you change your air filters and inspect your attic’s insulation, you’re ensuring a cozy home in the cold days ahead. Cleaning your windows brings light into your home, while sanitizing your garbage cans keeps unwanted guests out. Meanwhile, closing down your pool and sealing it with a safety cover means it will be easier to jump back in when the warm weather arrives next year. By preparing your home for fall and winter now, you can take advantage of the lingering summer days and knock out a few chores, making it easier to enjoy everything the coming seasons have to offer. © 2017