Safety First: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries as necessary. Don’t forget to check out the expiration date on your fire extinguisher.
Window AC Units. If relevant to your home, start preparing to either remove them, or cover them outside with protective insulation. Removing the units is usually the preferable option because this will allow you to close the windows (which will help to avoid winter heat loss).
Weatherstripping. Although newer, double-paned windows may not need weatherstripping, it can help older windows keep in heat and limit drafts. Observe areas with previously applied weatherstripping, and remove/replace as needed.
Roof & Gutter Upkeep. It is common to wait until most of the leaves have fallen to clean out the gutters and downspouts; however, giving these areas a visual inspection now will be helpful in the future. Remove any sticks or other items clogging the gutters, and make note of any well-worn seals around vent pipes and chimneys.
Insulation Preparation: One of the simplest methods to save on your energy bills this season is to consider adding insulation to your attic space or inside walls. This can maximize heat retention in fall/winter, and keep things cooler in summer.
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