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Seasonal Switch-Up: Tip to Get Your Home Ready for Fall Weather

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Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Fall is just around the corner and as the temperature starts to drop and the leaves change color, it’s time to start preparing your home for the change in season. Getting started with the essential changes, checks, and improvements now will make sure that you’re properly prepared for when the fall weather arrives.

While you’re enjoying the last of the summer warmth, there are many things that you can be doing to make the fall weather transition much easier. From essential appliance checks to prepping your home for the unique requirements of fall, we have you covered with six important preventative measures that you should be prioritizing as fall draws ever closer.

Get Your Heating Essentials Inspected

It’s always better to get your furnace or boiler checked when you’re not relying on them to heat your home, that way, if there are any problems you won’t have to suffer in the cold while the necessary repairs have to be made. The sooner that you get a professional in to take a look, the sooner you’ll be able to get the all clear on the safety and health of your furnace or boiler. Any necessary thermostat repairs and replacements should also be made before the start of the fall weather, and you should check to make sure that your heating system is up to the job of keeping your home warm. A professional inspector will be able to perform the necessary checks to give you a peace of mind over the health of your boiler, furnace, and heating so that when the fall weather rolls around, your essential appliances will be in the best possible condition to keep you warm throughout the season.

Do a Home Draft Check

During the summer, those little drafts in your home are not very noticeable, but as the fall weather arrives, you’ll begin to notice the chill. Before it gets to the point that you start to really notice the cold drafts, it’s worth sealing them up so they don’t cause any trouble. You can use a candle or incense stick to spot drafts easily, just go to the common draft areas like windows, vents, and wiring holes and watch to see if the candle flickers or the smoke from the incense stick becomes unsteady. Sealing the gaps and cracks now will save you a lot of discomfort when the fall weather descends.

Protect Your Air Conditioning Unit in Chicago, IL

The days where air conditioning is required will soon be long-gone, so you’ll need to make sure that your air conditioning unit is covered or stored safely until it’s required once more. Not only is this important to keep the air conditioning unit safe, but you may find that you have a constant stream of drafts coming from around the unit if it’s not covered. So that your air conditioning is ready for next year, it’s also worth getting air conditioning unit maintenance performed & serviced  by the top professional HVAC service in Chicago. With any repairs done now, next summer you won’t have to worry about whether your air conditioner is going to be up to the job of keeping your home cool or not.

Clean-Up the Exterior of Your Property

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Once you’ve made sure that the inside of your home is equipped to deal with the fall weather, it’s time to make sure that your property exterior is prepared for the change. The fall will mean that your home exterior has to face much harsher weather, so it’s worth doing the necessary checks and repairs beforehand so your home can easily tackle the fall weather.

As part of your fall exterior checks, make sure that you:

– Clean any debris out of the gutters and assess them for any damage or leaks – make sure that you get any problems professionally repaired.

-Make sure that the drainage on your property is unobstructed and working as it should to prevent back-ups.

-Check over your siding to see if there are any cracks or damage that needs to be repaired.

-Assess the roof to make sure that there isn’t any evident damage that could lead to problems, like missing shingles or debris build-up.

-Clean and assess the fireplace and chimney to make sure that it’s ready for use in the fall and is structurally stable.

-Performing the essential checks now will help you to avoid much more troublesome issues that could arise on the exterior of your property during the fall.

Get Your Garden Prepared for the Chill

The landscape of your garden will start to look very different as summer turns into fall and the first signs of the fall weather start to have an effect. As well as planting your fall flowers or vegetables, there are other essential landscaping chores that need to be done in preparation for fall. To get your garden ready for fall, make sure that you:

-Rake up any leaves and double check the local requirements for having them removed. If you’re expecting a large number of leaves to fall on your garden in fall, then starting a compost pile can help you to manage them.

-Get your sprinklers serviced and pack away your garden hose.

-Check that your trees are in good health and make sure that the branches aren’t going to cause problems if the fall weather turns bad.

-Trim any garden hedges and bushes and fertilize your grass to help stop it getting damaged with the change in weather.

Pack Away the Summer Essentials & Prep the Fall Ones

A house in the summer has very different requirements to a house in the fall, so before the summer comes fully to an end, it’s worth packing up the essential summer items to make-way for your fall items. Summer furniture should be safely stored away, any power equipment exclusively for summer use should be serviced, and you should get your pool serviced and covered.

It’s worth taking some time to make sure that everything is properly organized so when the fall weather ends, and summer eventually comes around again, everything is ready and in excellent condition to be used again. As you say goodbye to the summer essentials for another year, the time comes to get all the important items for fall ready and invest in any new ones that you might need. If you have a generator then you may need to purchase extra gasoline, you’ll want to air out your fall clothes, and it’ll pay off later if you make sure that you have a door mat ready to catch muddy boots!

As summer weather turns into fall weather, the whole landscape starts to change, and the holiday season begins. Making sure that you get all the essential checks done early will free you up to enjoy the best of the fall weather as and when it arrives. With everything prepared in advanced, you may even find that you avoid some additional costs that maintaining your home in fall can bring!

Clear The Air: Signs That Your Indoor Air Quality May Be Lacking

There’s a saying that goes, ‘You are what you eat,’ but even more true for residents everywhere affected by poor air quality is, ‘You are what you breathe.’ The indoor air quality in your house is a major contributor to the status of your health and your home, yet it is too often overlooked by homeowners across the country. Clean air is considered practically a given for many Americans, as emission standards have kept the country’s outdoor air clean and healthy, an expectation they maintain within the walls of their own home. 

Unfortunately, indoor air quality is seldom as clean as we’d like to believe, which can be detected through several signs of which everyone should be aware. 

Monitor Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

About Indoor Air Quality  

Indoor air quality, as defined by the United States Department of Labor, describes how inside air can affect a person’s health, comfort and ability to work, including factors such as temperature, humidity, poor ventilation, mold from water damage, exposure to other chemicals, and more. 

The effects of poor indoor air quality range according to the affected individual as well as the severity of the causes. Sometimes, immediate effects occur that can be either mild or severe, whereas other cases develop over time through repeated or consistent exposure to pollutants. As the EPA explains, the likelihood of an immediate reaction to poor air quality depends on subjective factors such as age, preexisting medical conditions, and individual sensitivity. Others may become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants after repeated, high-level or sustained exposure, minimizing the types of immediate reactions that they would otherwise notice, but also increases the likelihood of far more problematic symptoms and signs. 

The sooner you realize your home suffers from poor indoor air quality, the easier it will be to rectify the issues, sparing your health and your house from long-term damage. 

What Affects IAQ 

There are many things that may affect the air quality of your home, such as poor ventilation, a lack of outside air, inability to control temperature, high or low humidity, as well as activities in or near your home, such as recent remodeling. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration explains, construction and renovation create dust that may cause poor indoor air quality. Cleaning supplies, pesticides, and other airborne chemicals are just as viable to contribute to declining air quality that may lead to a sick home. 

A “sick house” is defined as a residence with poor air quality that may cause its inhabitants to become ill. Houses can become “sick” through a buildup of air pollutants from causes such as household products, building materials, formaldehyde, and respirable particles. Researchers at Georgia State University explain houses in cold climates are more prone to becoming “sick” during the winter because the cool air holds less moisture and replaces air with moisture and contaminants. Conversely, houses in warm or humid climates are more likely to become “sick” during the summer, as the moist outdoor air may increase mildew in the home.  

Though the best cure for a sick house is proper ventilation with clean, outdoor air, if your home is not properly air-conditioned with sufficient dehumidification, the moisture outside may contribute to poor air quality inside. 

Signs Of Poor Air Quality: Your Health

 

 

There are several signs that the air quality in your home is deficient, but your own body is the clearest indicator of any potential issues. Often, you’ll experience symptoms that mirror side effects of a cold, such as a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and coughing. If the air quality is severely poor, you may even experience more serious symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. 

As the experts at Allergy And Air explain, preexisting allergies may flare up when exposed to irritants like pollen or dust that are contaminating the air quality of your home. These reactions may be signs of a less severe contamination, but if you notice new or unusual symptoms, there is probably a much more dangerous problem with your air quality. These may include dizziness, nausea, rashes, fevers, fatigue, or even vomiting, muscle pain, shortness of breath, or hearing loss.  

Because a lot of these symptoms mirror effects of other common problems, it’s important to understand exactly how issues with air quality might affect your health. 

As you inhale particles from the air, such as dust or pollen, you may become congested with a cough as your body combats the foreign agents; accordingly, if you frequently become congested after coming home, your air quality may need to be addressed. More alarming symptoms such as fatigue and dizziness are often signs of a more serious problem, such as fumes, carbon monoxide, or other chemical and gaseous air contaminants affecting your air quality. 

The irritants in the air will affect the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of the body first, such as the eyes, nose, throat, mouth, and tongue. Your mucous membranes are the most susceptible to contaminants, so these areas may begin to itch, water, run or even burn when exposed to poor air quality in the home. The next most likely part of the body to be affected is the skin. When spending a prolonged period of time in a home with poor air quality, your skin may start to dry, peel or flake, as well as develop rashes or redness on sensitive areas of the skin. This is especially true for any who already struggle with skin conditions like eczema or acne. 

Poor indoor air quality may lead to a myriad of health concerns, including a rapid, acute onset of symptoms that can act as signs that indicate a problem that needs to be addressed. Other symptoms may be slow and more difficult to detect, so it’s important to look for other signs beyond your health, too. 

Signs Of Poor Air Quality: Your Home

In addition to health symptoms, there are signs around the home that may indicate a problem with the air quality. The odor is an important sign to pay attention to, as a bad smell around the house may suggest that a filter in your air conditioning unit needs to be changed. Other unpleasant odors like a musty, stuffy smell may be signs of a mold or mildew that has infiltrated the home and affected its air quality, as Georgia State University explains.  

Oftentimes, there will also be visible signs of poor air quality, such as black or green spots to indicate a biological growth. Additionally, the EPA states that inconsistencies in air distribution through the home may indicate a problem with the air quality. If one area is colder or warmer than another, there is likely a problem affecting the purity of the airflow. 

“Most of the things that cause [air quality] problems are odorless,” says Dr. Nicholas of Harvard-Medical School. “So, in many cases, there’s nothing to alert you to the problem.”

Because problems to air quality can be difficult to spot, it’s important to stay cognizant of these warning sign, and contact the professionals as soon as you notice them. 

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