Fall is an exciting time filled with family gatherings, fun outings, and nights by the fire. While you are thinking about fall fun, are you thinking about your home?
Preparing your home for the fall will not only make it more comfortable for you and your family, but keep it safe and worry-free.
Get Your Window Treatments Cleaned
Since you and your family will be indoors more in the fall, giving your window treatments a good cleaning will remove any built up dust and grime that could trigger allergies.
Victor Shade offers ultrasonic cleaning, which uses a water-based cleaning solution combined with high-frequency sound waves to efficiently and gently remove build up from your treatments. Because the treatments are submerged in tanks, this method is extremely effective in cleaning grooves and crevices.
If you have a window treatment like hardwood shutters, you will have to clean them by hand with a wood-safe cleaning product, as they cannot come out of the window to be taken to a professional cleaner like Victor Shade.
However, we can clean your real wood blinds! We take them completely apart and clean each slat individually with a wood-safe cleaning product and then put them back together as good as new.
If you have questions about cleaning your window treatments, contact a Victor Shade representative today and they will be more than happy to help.
Get Your Furnace & Fireplace Professionally Serviced
As cold weather nears, you will be thinking about flipping your furnace on or even stoking the fire and snuggling up in a blanket with some hot cocoa. But don’t get too cozy yet.
Get your furnace and fireplace (if you have one) professionally inspected and cleaned to prevent damage and potential fires. In your furnace, replace the filter and make sure all components are working.
If you have a fireplace in your home, clean it and the flue and check it for any damage. Call a certified chimney sweep to clean your fireplace and flue if you have a large buildup of creosote.
Clean Out The Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters of old leaves and debris may be a bit gross and not at all fun to do, but it must be done. Clean gutters are an essential part of your home’s health in that they control the flow of rainwater away from your home to protect your roof, walls, foundation, and landscaping from damage like cracks and leaks.
Not to mention clogged gutters are a breeding ground for pests and mold.
Invest In Energy Efficient Solutions
There’s nothing worse than a drafty, cold home in the fall. If your home is experiencing leaks where you cannot keep warm air in and old air out, you can drive up your energy bill just to keep yourself comfortable.
Use caulk to seal up cracks in your home along windows and doors and invest in energy efficient solutions like honeycomb shades. Their unique construction of cells creates insulating air pockets that keep warm air in and cold air out.
Investing in energy efficient solutions is especially important for larger areas like a patio door, where there is a greater chance of lost energy.
Do A Home Safety Check
Before the weather gets too cold, go through your home and do a basic safety check:
- Check to make sure fire alarm, carbon monoxide, and other sensors are working
- Change burned out or dim light bulbs
- Shut off outdoor plumbing and drain to prevent freezing, cracking, and leaks
- Inspect and/or replace fire extinguishers
- Throw away old papers, cleaning supplies, and other items that could cause a tripping or other health hazard
It’s also a great time to bag up and donate summer clothes that were never worn.