Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn/Winter in New York

get ready for winter Whether you call the season “fall” or “autumn,” it’s a beautiful time of the year in New York, marked by a cozy welcoming of the holidays. With the snug atmosphere comes the responsibility to take action both ahead of time and during the season when it comes to home improvements.

Make a smooth transition into winter this year with these simple tips to maintain your precious home and keep it ready for the upcoming temperature drops.

Clean the Chimney and Fireplace

Your chimney and fireplace are perhaps used the most during the fall and winter.

The buildup of ashes and other residue can actually put your home at risk of a fire and an unhealthy exposure to hazardous carbon monoxide.

You should clean your chimney before getting to the fireplace. You can clean your fireplace following these procedures:

  • Cover the furniture surrounding your fireplace with plastic/protective coverings.
  • Then, start with removing wood ashes from the fireplace by scooping them up (clean gently to stop ashes from spreading to other areas of your home).
  • Pour out the scoot in a bucket/waste disposal, making sure to leave a one-inch layer of ashes in the fireplace, (to protect the utilities and enhance coal production).
    • Before cleaning, make sure to test the ashes to ascertain they’re cool, as they can stay hot for many days after use.
    • Don’t use water to eliminate them! Mixing water with ashes will result in a huge mess!
  • Once ashes are removed, use a small brush to clean the inside of the fireplace. You can even use an industrial vacuum to remove the remnants.

Afterwards, all you have to do is remove the plastic sheeting from your furniture and simply vacuum the area. If you’re unsure about how to properly clean your chimney, it is highly recommended to hire professional cleaners and you can even learn from watching them do it at least once. It’s important to wear the right protective gear and use the right cleaning tools.

Clear out the Rain Gutters

While many of us tend to forget about this area, it’s really important to make sure your rain gutters are clean in order to prevent water from getting stored in and damaging your roof as well as your home’s walls. Make sure to consistently remove fallen leaves or any other debris sources.

Be sure to look at your down spout and make sure it’s facing away from your home’s infrastructure to avoid damage, too. While you’re checking the gutters, you should check your roof and ascertain that your shingles are in place. If any of them are broken or missing, then you should replace them as soon as possible before water from rain or snow causes additional harm.

Install/Clean Weather Stripping

If you’re a New York resident, then you probably already know how important it is to have the right insulation at home to endure those regular “cold fronts” without freezing. First things first, check for any cracks that can be found in areas where pipes or small door passages enter your house.

Weather stripping your windows, doors, and other areas (if you haven’t’ already), can actually cut the costs on your energy bills. If you have too much cold air come in your home—or contrarily, don’t have enough cool air—you’ll most likely have to spend more on air conditioning and other temperature regulating resources.

If you have a garage door, you should weather strip the area between where the end of the door meets the floor as a small gap can let ice or snow in and damage your equipment. Small cracks can also let animals enter your garage, which won’t just put you at risk of having random creatures roam your home and startle you; they can also cause damage to your belongings—both inside your house and your garage.

For those of us who already have weather stripping installed, be sure to clean them regularly:

  1. Using soapy water and a sponge, wash the stripping.
  2. Apply clean water to rinse the area of any residue.
  3. Dry the surface using a clean, dry towel.

Then, spray on a silicone-based spray to the stripping so that it can bring the striping to a “like-new” condition. Wipe the area off after about three minutes and you’ll instantly notice the shine. In addition, this will help deter water deposits.

Check Your Home’s Paintjobs

Weather conditions during the fall and winter seasons will generally affect a home’s wall paint by causing it to start blistering or peeling. If that happens to your home’s interior or exterior walls, you shouldn’t ignore it since it’s a sign that the protective layering is deteriorating.

The best thing to do is to add an extra protective layer of paint to prevent the above from happening. The sooner you do it, the better, so you won’t have to deal with a costly repair once the damage is done. If you do find this sort of damage, you should repair it as soon as possible, as it can cause long-term damage.

A Clean Home Equals Pure Comfort

Just like every season calls for a different wardrobe, a cleaning process that’s specific to the fall and winter seasons is in order, too. You may want to clean your furnace before it turns into the monster that once scared Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone,” or if you just want to let the experts finish up your cleaning duties, 1st Class Cleaning can help.

We’re highly experienced with getting numerous homes in New York ready for the full-fledged fall and winter seasons. Contact 1st Class Cleaning today so you can start getting the marshmallows and chocolate ready to make some scones by your clean fireplace.

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