It is fall! The leaves are changing color and the nights are getting cooler. And before you know it, the days will be equally chilly. Which is why this time of the year is the ideal time to prepare your home for the cooler months ahead. At Piper Electric, we want to make sure all our clients stay cozy during these chilly months, which is why we have put together this list of tips to prepare your home.

Tip #1- Clean Your Gutters!

Make sure the gutters are clear. If they’re clogged up, your drainage systems will not work properly. Keep in mind that more serious issues can develop if this is not taken care of.

Tip #2- Winterize Your Sprinklers

It’s crucial to drain your sprinkler systems. The same goes for outdoor faucets. Put away any hoses. If you’re still planning to use them, make sure there’s no water left inside. You don’t want them freezing during winter!

Tip #3- Organize & Cover Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Prepare your outdoor furniture for storage. Clean your gardening tools as well. That way, it will be easy to put them away when it’s time.

Tip #4- Schedule A Service Call For Your Furnace

The last thing you want is for your furnace to give out in the middle of winter, so avoid this common issue by scheduling a maintenance call with an expert. During the servicing, a technician will make sure it’s clean and will complete any repairs you may need.

Tip #5-  Ensure Your Windows & Doors Are Properly Steal

Inspect your windows and doors for any places that would allow cold air to enter your home. Even the smallest cracks and openings can affect your home’s temperature. This step will help keep you warm and save you some money on energy bills. You should also seal and insulate your air ducts. Your home might lose a good amount of heat otherwise. This is also one of the steps that can help you save money.

Tip #6- Replace Your Batteries In ALL Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide poisoning cases reach peak levels in the fall when people begin to turn their furnaces back on after months of non-use. As a best practice, make it a habit to change batteries regularly. For instance, you could do it every time you change the clock for daylight saving.

For more tips and tricks to keep your home running smoothly all year long, stay tuned to Piper Electric.