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Fall is steadily approaching, and with it come the gorgeous, multicolored leaves; pumpkin-flavored snacks; and freezing weather. If you're scrambling to get ready, check out these top tips for preparing your home for fall.
Clean your furnace and baseboard heaters, and ensure they're in good, working order. If you have baseboard heat, consider giving them an upgrade. Baseboard heater covers made from galvanized steel are great for consistent heat. They’ll save you money on your utility bills and keep your home warm and toasty for longer.
If you have a programmable thermostat, get to reprogramming it. Set it to run exclusively while you're home—your home doesn’t need a constant stream of heat while you're out and about, unless you have other family members or pets that are susceptible to the cold. If you have a regular thermostat, determine when you'll switch on the heat. If the indoor temperature is bearable, avoid turning it on prematurely.
Lastly, clean your fireplace. Sweep it clean of dust and cobwebs, and scrub lingering soot from the walls. Don't forget to stock up on firewood, too. If you have a wood burning fireplace, you'll need it.
Replace that bright, airy summer décor with some cool, calming, warm-toned pieces for fall. Swap out your thin, translucent drapes for heavier, darker, light-blocking curtains. Thicker, darker curtains are recommended for their ability to help insulate. They'll keep your rooms nice and toasty on those frigid winter nights.
Rearranging your furniture is another solid way to keep warm. Drag your most-used furniture away from windows and doors and settle them near a hearth or heater.
Bring out your thickest, warmest blankets; fuzziest pillows; and softest rugs. Update your interior with simpler details, too: take down the surfboards and other summer decorations, and replace them with pumpkins, holly, cinnamon-scented candles, and other fall-themed items.
Another top tip for preparing your home for fall is to do a good, thorough end-of-summer cleaning. If you have carpets, vacuum and thoroughly wash them. Tidying your carpet will remove any lingering dust, odors, or summer pollens, leaving you with a clean, blank slate. As a bonus, your floors will smell great!
The debris left behind from dust, pollen, summer storms, and the recent falling of leaves can leave your windows looking less-than-ideal. Grab a bucket, a sponge, and some window cleaner—go to town, and polish your glass until it glimmers!
In the heat of summer, we're prone to overusing our fans. When we eventually stop using them, we're met with an unwanted sight: dust. Dig out your trusty duster, or brush and wipe off that built-up grime.
It's finally time to break out your boxes of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year décor—but you'll have to dig through the dust and cobwebs first. Make sure your garage, attic, and basement are dirt- and spider-free. If they're not, it’s time to get the broom.
EZSnap™ Covers is your go-to place for premade and custom baseboard heater covers. Contact us if you have questions about ordering the perfect custom piece.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.