The changing of seasons often signals a change in many cultures, and in many aspects, it is. The changing of temperatures and seasons require a different way to deal with things, and simply acting as if the seasons didn’t change will prove to be difficult if not downright impossible.
For homeowners, the changing of seasons means the whole bevy of responsibilities they need to accomplish before the season passes to the next. To make things easier, here’s a quick list of how you can prepare your home for the changing of the seasons:
Make Sure Your Detectors are Working
Take this opportunity to check your detectors- smoke detector, CO2 detector, and even motion sensors to see whether their batteries are still working. You don’t want to enter the new season with a fault safety detector, since extreme temperatures can cause drastic effects. This is particularly important as dry air can allow a house fire to start, and the heavy rains might cause a flood. It’s also wise to make sure your fire extinguisher isn’t past its due date.
Do Some Lawn Maintenance
Being that your lawn will be the one that’s taking the brunt of the elements’ impact, it’s important that you put in the effort to maintain it. The wet season is definitely a time when managing your lawn can be difficult, as the soil is going to be soft and it’s difficult to maintain. Remember to mow grass when it’s dry, as it’s a lot more manageable that way. It’s also better to cut dry grass as it can act as a natural fertilizer of sorts.
During fall, however, it’s critical; to give your lawn the fertilizer it requires in order to prevent it from going bad over the winter. Use a fertilizer that’s high in phosphorus to help the grass grow back better, and don’t forget to pull out any weeds that you see. If you do it correctly, you’ll be met by a beautiful lawn in spring.
Turn Off and Protect Your Outdoor Faucets
This advice is only relevant during winter, but it’s something that every homeowner should remember. Draining and then removing garden hoses or any other external water outlet before the winter hits is critical if you want to reduce the risks of a burst pipe. You can simply store your hoses indoors, so they can be used once the temperature evens out.
Remove the Lint from your Dryer Vents
During summer and the coldest days of winter, the air can be really dry. Which can spell trouble for you and your dryer vents filled with lint. And because dry air can generate static electricity, even the littlest of spark can produce significant heat that can burn the easily flammable lint in dryers. So before the summer or winter sets in, make sure that your lint traps and dryer vents are cleaned out. You’ll be reducing the risks of fire, and you’re going to spend your days a lot more relaxed.
Get Your AC and Heater Checked
The best time to call a heating and cooling expert is at the start of a season. This way, you won’t have any temperature issues once the extreme temperatures kick in. You don’t want to have to fix your heater in the middle of winter, nor would you want to schedule a repair for your air conditioner during the hottest moments of summer. Getting your cooling and heating checked before the seasons completely change is a great preventive and maintenance measure to ensure a comfortable seasonal shift.
Do Some General Cleaning
The best way to greet the upcoming seasonal change is with a clean and organized home. That’s why many people opt to do some spring cleaning as the season arrives. But you don’t have to wait for spring to do some cleaning! Make it a habit to deep clean your home regularly. Especially before the season changes.
This allows you to detect whether you need to upgrade or repair some aspects of your home and whether you need to hire professionals for certain aspects. Plus, putting in the time to do major cleaning even for just a few days can mean months of enjoying a clean and tidy house.
Just like we prepare ourselves mentally for the changing of seasons, we also need to prepare our home. Doing so means we get to live comfortably for the next few months, and there will be fewer struggles and hassles to contend with along the way. So prepare your house for winter, spring, summer, or fall- you’ll never regret taking the time to do this.