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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.
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.
Homeowners, get your list ready!
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!
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!
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.
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.
If it’s dark around your home, add lights on timers and/or sensors.
Nothing says ‘I am not home a lot’ and ‘Come on in’ as leaving your front and backyards full of debris.
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!
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.
Can you believe that Labor Day has come and gone and we are headed towards fall?
Of course, here in South Carolina is doesn’t feel and look like fall yet!
However, it’s coming and why not be prepared? We’ve gathered some tips to keep you and yours safe and secure this fall and by the time we were done, we realized it read more like a fall to-do list than anything else!
Therefore, grab a pen and paper, or your smartphone and make note of these tasks to get done.
If you are a homeowner here in the Myrtle Beach area, you know that fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here on the Grand Strand. Golfers come because the weather is fine, the beaches are still pleasant and it’s just finally cool enough to really enjoy being outdoors.
Therefore, this is also a good time to spend some time in your yard and around your home to take care of those pesky tasks you’ve been avoiding during the heat of the summer!
Check our list of Fall Security Tips for Your Home and plans to get them done by Thanksgiving! That will give you a few months and the best weather to get them done.
To keep your home in tip-top shape and your family safe and secure, here is a fall maintenance list.
Replace bulbs if necessary and check the wiring for all outdoor security lights.
While our leaves don’t drop in September/October like they do in New England, eventually they do fall. Keep walking paths and your yard free of wet leaves, sticks and other debris to prevent falls.
Fall might be a time to give your HVAC system short rest. Throw open your windows, let in the fresh air and get your HVAC unit inspected and serviced. Soon you’ll want your system to be able to switch to heat! Make sure to relock all your opened windows.
Now is the time to prepare for those cold winter nights! Call and make an appointment to have your chimney swept if you plan to use your fireplace this winter. Those unexpected cold evenings usually happen….unexpected! Be prepared this year.
If a cold night sneaks up on you and you want to use a space heater, use caution! Don’t allow small children to be near these units and don’t leave them unattended.
Another fall (and spring!) chore is cleaning out your clothes dryer vent to prevent accidental fires. If you have never cleaned out your vents, it might be time to call a local professional to take care of that for you; many appliance repair businesses offer this as a service.
If you are new to the area, we encourage you to prepare for a hurricane before a named hurricane is headed toward the Grand Strand! The end of Summer/Fall is usually the most active time in the hurricane season – don’t get caught without supplies and a solid evacuation and family emergency plan.
You should be testing your alarm system periodically; why not add it to this easy list and have peace of mind that in case of an emergency everything works as expected.
Why not take time to get this list done and then go out an play a round of golf on your next free weekend? 😉