Fall Is Here!
If you live in South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach area, it doesn’t FEEL like fall, but when you check the calendar, it tells us it is Fall indeed!
As I write this it’s 90F and sunny, hot and humid.
No jackets or long sleeves for us, but more of what we’ve been wearing since March; shorts and t-shirts!
Whether you love it or hate it, there will be an end to this summer weather and October is a great month to get your home ready for winter.
Get Ready For Cooler Temperatures!
As we get ready for cooler temperatures, homeowners should consider a few chores to get their home ready for winter.
Preparing a home for cooler weather in Fall and warmer weather in Spring is smart.
Putting off these types of chores might result in minor emergencies with regards to equipment, heating and cooling systems as well as security.
Here are 5 Fall Home Security Tips
Homeowners, get your list ready!
1) Get Your Chimney Inspected and Swept
If you have a working fireplace in your home, you should get your chimney swept every year.
A build-up of soot can cause fires.
From an earlier article we published we learn that
The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.
Today is as good as any day to make that appointment!
2) Make an Appointment to Have Your HVAC serviced
At some point in the next few months, you will be turning the switch on your HVAC system from ‘cooling’ to ‘heating’.
Is your system prepared?
Get an inspection and service scheduled today. Fall is a great time to get everything working right so on that first day you turn on the heat, you do not have to call and get an emergency visit from your HVAC provider.
Maintenance and periodic testing prevent emergency calls, on any system, including your home security system!
3) Lock Your Windows
If your home has screens for summer and storm windows for winter, you’ll be changing those out this season.
When you do, do NOT forget to lock your windows back up.
Unlocked windows are a way many burglars gain access to homes!
When asked this is what convinced felons had to say:
How did you typically break into a home or apartment?
Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.
Whenever you or a service provider work on your windows, always double-check that your windows have been re-locked once the task is done.
4) Add Outdoor Lighting as Days Get Shorter
Fall is when we experience the end of daylight saving time. In 2019, that day is Sunday, November 3.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, our evenings immediately become a lot darker, a lot longer!
Fall is, therefore, a great time to review your outdoor lighting.
- Do you have lights on sensors and/or timers?
- How well-lit, is your outdoor space; would a burglar want to approach your home, or would they rather skip by because of the visibility?
If it’s dark around your home, add lights on timers and/or sensors.
5) Remove Yard Debris Frequently
Nothing says ‘I am not home a lot’ and ‘Come on in’ as leaving your front and backyards full of debris.
- twigs/dead branches
- unused equipment
- broken furniture
A well-groomed yard conveys the message that a caring homeowner lives in the house! More often than not, that’s the house a burglar will skip!
Additional Fall Home Security Tips
In a previous article, we touched on several other tips for the homeowner.
Go out and spend some time outdoors.
Enjoy the season and use caution around your home!
Clean up, test and maintain the systems that will keep you safe when an emergency arises.
Happy Fall Y’all!