Keeping on top of seasonal household chores can be a challenge, but with fall right around the corner now is the perfect time to make sure you include these 5 items on your to-do list to make sure your home is ready for anything going into the colder months ahead.

  • Have your home heating system serviced to prevent any unwelcome surprises. Heating and cooling account for 46% of all energy costs in your home. Make sure your furnace, heating system and insulation are working as efficiently as possible by having a professional check and service them regularly.
  • Check windows and doors for drafts. You can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs with proper sealing and insulation. Check window and door frames by looking for cracks and running your hand along the frame to feel for cold air coming in. Seal drafty areas with caulking, weather stripping or use door sweeps to prevent drafts.
  • Clear and clean your fireplace before lighting the first fire of the season. An average of 26,900 chimney fires occurred each year between 2006 and 2008. Reduce fire hazards by hiring a professional to check and clean your chimney. Be sure to have them check that the damper closes tightly to prevent drafts.
  • Remove leaves and other debris from gutters. Water cannot properly drain away from your home when your gutters are filled with brush. If you feel comfortable doing so you can clean your gutters by hand, or invest in the help of a professional before rainy weather hits.
  • Winterize your pool. Winterizing ensures your pool stays chemically balanced through the cold months until you're ready to open it again in spring. The key is to keep the temperature below 65 degrees to keep algae from growing. You can find a chemical winterization kit through your local pool supply store, or hire a professional to assist you. 

From your friends at BEARCE Insurance.