Even though my yard is keeping me busy with fall tasks, I'm also carving out time for an assortment of home maintenance projects to ready my house for the upcoming winter.
Cleaning out rain gutters, boosting the insulation, moving my yard equipment into storage, and inspecting the roof for damage is on the top of the maintenance checklist. But, that's not all -- one of my most important tasks is maximizing the amount of winter sunshine that will enter the home. Here are just a few of the tasks on my checklist that will increase indoor winter sunshine.
Remove screens. Window screens are great to have in the summer, but serve no function in the winter since we won't be opening windows when it's below zero outside. What leaving your screens in place will do is filter the sunlight as it comes in your home which is why removing them is an easy strategy to increase winter sunshine.
Wash the glass. Fall rains and winds leave a lot of debris on exterior windows that can also block sunshine. Fall is a good time to wash the windows (both inside and out) plus knock down cobwebs and clean out the sills.
Remove obscuring branches and vines. The overgrown look is messy, unsafe, and can encourage rot on your roof and siding. It also prevents light from reaching inside your home. Fall's the time to grab a pruning saw and cut down any branch or vine that throws a shadow or obscures the windows. Pruning is super easy when the leaves are off the trees and shrubs are going dormant.
Take down awnings and bamboo shades. These architectural features are a green way to minimize energy use in the summer, but should be removed in the fall to boost the interior winter sunshine.
Clear your view. While we can't do anything about our neighbor's house blocking the view, we can move things like RVs, boats, portable greenhouses and utility sheds that will prevent sunlight from entering our homes during the winter months. Moving these items out of the way will open up the view and give the winter sun a direct route through the windows.
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