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October in the Raleigh-Durham area is one of the best months of the year. The leaves begin to change, temperatures start to cool down outside, and there are so many fun fall activities happening around us. Oh, and we can’t forget the Triangle’s Parade of Homes! With that being said, there are some things you can do around your house as we step into the official start of a new season to ensure a happy and healthy home. Check out the following list:
Change your air filters
During summer months, your HVAC unit is working overtime to ensure a cool home. With lots of dust and pollen and dirt in the air, it’s a good idea to go ahead and change your filters for the new season. If you’re not sure how to do this, there are plenty of Triangle-area HVAC companies who will come change them for a small fee and can service them at the same time.
Clear out your gutters and spouts
Did you know the leading cause of water damage to a home is from backed-up gutters and spouts? Because water gets trapped, it ends up causing exterior damage, and can also lead to flooding and mold. If you can safely clean out gutters yourself, this is a must in October. If not, hire a professional to do it.
Check your fire extinguishers
October is fire safety month. If you have children, it’s a good idea to go over what they need to do in case of a fire at home. Check to make sure your fire extinguishers work and get a few more if they don’t. Speaking of fires, make sure to clean out your dryer lint when doing laundry. In case you didn’t know, dryer fires account for 2,900 annual fires.
Winterize your sprinkler system
Before freezing temperatures hit, make sure to stow away your hose and winterize your irrigation system.
Seal any cracks and surface areas
Once the cold weather arrives, you could end up spending a lot of money on your heating bill if there are spaces that need sealing in your home. Do a thorough run-through and see where you need to perform a few touchups.
Last but not least, protect your outdoor furniture
After the summer months, make sure to clean and protect your outdoor furniture. Wind, rain and ice can damage your furniture, so take measures to prevent that from happening.
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