This blog was written by guest blogger, Jeannie Lovett.
It’s time again to fall in love with autumn. It’s a gourd-geous time of year when the kids are back in school, and you can finally get to those essential home upgrades. Prioritizing those upgrades now can help ease the transition into the long winter season. Here are the five essential home upgrades for fall to get you started.
1. Check/Replace All Filters
Most people change their furnace and air conditioning filters in the fall to keep the air clean and free from contaminants. But what about the other filters in your home? Your refrigerator’s water filter has had a busy summertime so it might be time to give it a refresh… Don’t forget about the filters on your range hood! It’ll soon be too cold to open the windows to air out the kitchen. If you have humidifiers or a home water system, fall is a great time to change those too! Instead of marking a calendar to figure out which filters need changing and when, join the FiltersFast.com Home Filter Club. Just find the filter you need, decide how often you would like to have it delivered (you can set it up to be delivered when it needs to be changed) and that’s it. Talk about easy!
2. Add Insulation
Older homes usually don’t have the proper amount of insulation, resulting in a considerable loss of energy. You can lower your heating and air conditioning bills by adding insulation. Spray foam insulation is a new, energy-efficient way to protect your home from the elements, adding extra protection to a wall that’s on an exposed side of the house.
3. Spruce Up Outdoor Living Spaces
Spending more time outdoors is a great way to relax after a long day at the office. Autumn is a spice-tacular time to sit on the patio and enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and work on your backyard. Pour a new concrete patio or stain and weatherize your wooden deck. Sprucing up your outdoor living space will entice you to spend more time outdoors year-round. If you live in a colder climate, add an awning or fireplace so you can enjoy the patio this winter.
Be sure to stay on top of your lawn care, as fall is an important season for lawn maintenance. You’ll want to continue to mow properly, aerate, and fertilize your lawn during the fall.
4. Clean/Repair/Install New Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters is a drudgery, but it’s an essential task that will keep your roof in good condition. While you’re up there, check closely for damaged spots that need repairing or replacing. Upgrading your gutter system will keep water away from your home and protect your foundation. Gutters also help protect your landscaping and guide water away from sensitive areas of the yard where water can pool and drown plants. Have a lot of trees in your yard? Consider adding leaf protection to keep the foliage from clogging up the gutters.
5. Upgrade Windows
Fall is the best time to trick or treat yourself to new windows. Upgrading older, single-pane windows or broken windows is vital to the safety and security of your home. Double or even triple-pane windows help cut down on energy loss and can make a world of difference. Replace your windows now, and you won’t have to worry about losing heat or bugs getting in during the installation process.
There are plenty of ways to create a cozy home this season. From upgrading outdoor spaces to making sure you always have vital filters on hand, there’s a fall upgrade for every budget. These essential home upgrades will make sure your home’s ready to weather the rest of the year.
Jeannie Lovett is a home decorator who enjoys adding rustic touches to everything she designs. She specializes in creating energy-efficient homes.