As warm days begin to cool and leaves begin to turn, it’s clear that fall is in the air. While you take your scarves and warm sweaters out of storage, sip on pumpkin spice lattes and pin holiday recipes, it’s important to remember to check off your Autumn Cleaning list. What’s Autumn Cleaning you ask? Well, while Spring Cleaning focuses on the freshening up the inside of your home, Autumn Cleaning is all about the outdoors, and preparing the outside of your house for the coming winter weather.
Depending on where you live, the exterior of your house can take a beating during the winter months, and adding proper insulation will help you save money on your energy bills. Here are the four areas you need to pay attention to this autumn, so your house is fully prepared for winter.
Put Away Summer Outdoor Accessories.
Do you love your backyard? Everything you love about it, needs to be stored away. The grill, the patio cushions, the outdoor toys – if you want any of those things to be usable come springtime, you should probably lock them up in the storage shed. If you have a pool, consider covering it so you won’t be picking out fallen leaves later. Drain and store garden hoses and insulate the exterior spigots.
Prepare the house exterior.
Remove flaking paint with a wire brush, and touch up paint on trim, windows and doors. Wash exterior windows. Clear any debris in gutters and downspouts.
Clean your fireplace.
You chimney should be swept at least once a year. It’s a good idea to hire a professional for the job. Check the chimney for any damage, including cracks or loose bricks. Be sure to open the flue before use, so dangerous smoke doesn’t come billowing into your home.
Seal off exposure to the elements.
Take a look at the caulk around your windows and doors and re-caulk if needed. Make sure all doors close tightly, and if not, install weather stripping or door thresholds.
Taking care of your home’s exterior before the winter months is essential to extending the life of your home and belongings as well as keeping your energy bills low. It’s a good idea to take care of these Autumn Cleaning chores now while the weather is still nice. Of course, it’s important to not neglect the interior of your home either. Our USDA Certified Organic Cleaners are designed to tackling your everyday cleaning needs without filling your home with toxic chemicals.