It's That Time of Year! Pumpkin Spice everything, leaves turning beautiful colors, crisp & cool air, and time to...

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Hi friends!  Happy Autumn! 

My dad used to call it "the fall of the year."  I wonder if that's where we get "fall" from as the alternate name for the season? Hmm...

Anyway, there are things you'll want to remember to do at this time of year besides stocking up on treats for the costumed cuties, carving pumpkins and starting to think ahead to your Thanksgiving menu.

It's almost time to turn the clocks back and that's when we know we need to replace the batteries on our smoke detectors. 

Here are a few more tips for a safe and cozy season:

1. As temps get cooler and we don't open the windows so much, it is a good time to prepare them for being closed till next April:  Give the screens a thorough vacuuming.  Be sure to vacuum the whole space between the window panes and the screen - you know that area where the spiders (and cobs?) like to make webs.  Dead bugs like to collect in there, too.  I can't imagine why that's a preferred place to die if you're a bug, but it's a veritable cemetery of bugs and flies who've since lived out their destinies. If you have storm windows you'll want to go ahead and replace the screens with those. 

2. The chill in the air means the heat will be coming on, even if just at night to start with.  Be sure to thoroughly vacuum all vents and either vacuum "permanent" filters, or replace them. 

(If you have an air purifier in your homo, now is a good time to vacuum or replace those filters as well.) 

3. You might even take your vacuum outside to clear out the vents of your HVAC unit.  Just be sure nothing is getting sucked into your vacuum that could damage it, or is too large or sharp for the vacuum cleaner bag. 

4. Vacuum behind your clothes dryer and inside the lint trap to avoid a fire and to keep your dryer running efficiently. 

5. While you're doing an autumnal clean-up, it's a great idea to take just a few extra minutes to vacuum the soffits above kitchen cabinets, behind the refrigerator and underneath of beds. 

6. Finally, if it's not all cleaned out yet, get the fireplace swept and vacuumed out so its ready for the cozy (and romantic?) evenings by the fire.  *If its been a while since you've had your chimney professionally swept, I highly recommend getting that done before using your fireplace this year. It's always better to be safe than sorry. 

I hope you find these trips helpful.  Thanks for spending a few minutes with us here at MonsterVacuum.  Have a very blessed day! 

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