October is finally here and that means it is time to start getting your Berks County home ready for fall. By completing a variety of tasks you can help ensure that your household continues to run smoothly throughout fall and winter. To help you remember some of the tasks you have to complete, B&L Ott near Reading, Pennsylvania has created this list of errands you will likely want to take care of. 

Store Your Summer Furniture and Tools

If you have nice patio furniture, pool toys, gardening tools, etc., you don’t want them to get buried in leaves or ruined by snow. Therefore, you will want to take the time to either cover them up or store them away. This way they will still be in good condition so you can use them next year. If you have a pool, don’t forget to clean it and get it ready to be closed as well. 

Inspect Your Home for Issues

We had a lot of rain and multiple storms this year. With this in mind, various parts of your Berks County home may have experienced wear and tear. It is a good idea to take a walk around your home and look for any damage. This way you can get it fixed before it gets too cold to work outside. 

Some specific items you may want to check are your roof for broken shingles, your doors, and windows for drafts, the siding of your house, your basement, and your attic. Be sure that these areas are properly sealed and insulated so your family can be warm and comfortable this winter. 

Clean the Gutters and Tend to the Garden

Next, you will want to clean up your gutters and garden. The leaves will start falling soon and they can clog your gutters, trap the water, and attract mosquitos. Be sure to clean your gutters regularly throughout this fall season. 

You will also want to take care of your lawn and garden. Rake the leaves regularly, and fertilize your lawn to help protect your lawn from the frost and snow. It is also a good idea to trim trees and bushes to keep them looking nice. Be sure to clear the area around your outdoor HVAC unit as well. You don’t want any debris falling into it and damaging the parts. Doing so will help you avoid an unnecessary emergency call to B&L Ott. 

Stock Up on Fall and Winter Supplies

You will also want to make sure you have enough fuel and supplies to last throughout the winter. If you have a fireplace or pellet stove, stock up on wood or pellets. If you need to schedule fuel delivery, do so. Many people will have the same idea during this time of year, so start stocking up on supplies now before it gets too busy. 

Prepare for Power Outages

Power outages are fairly common during fall and especially winter in Berks County. With this in mind, you will want to make sure you are ready. If you don’t have a generator consider having B&L Ott install a new one for you. This way your family doesn’t have to go without heat, light, or other necessities if your power goes out this winter. B&L Ott can help match you with the best option for your home size and family needs. 

Schedule Maintenance with B&L Ott

Finally, don’t forget to have HVAC system maintenance by B&L Ott. Doing so can help prevent costly issues, ensure your system is running at maximum efficiency, and give you peace of mind that your system will work when you need it to. When you call B&L Ott for maintenance, we will inspect, clean, and make any necessary adjustments to your system. We will also make repairs with your permission. 

If you would like to schedule maintenance with B&L Ott, you can do so here: https://otthvac.com/contact-us/. You can also call B&L Ott at 610-927-5133. We will help you ensure that your HVAC system is ready for fall and winter so your family can be warm and comfortable.