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Fall Checklist: Are you ready?

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Fall Checklist: Are you ready?


  • Change the air filter in your furnace.
  • Check all doors and windows for possible drafts. Apply weather stripping, caulking, or putty where the heat sneaks out.
  • Test all smoke detectors, and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Check for proper insulation and add more if needed. Your attic floor is one of the most important spots since heat rises and is lost.
  • Protect your plumbing even if your pipes have never frozen in the past. Use pipe jackets, fiberglass insulation, or electric heating tape. Wrap lines that run through exterior walls.
  • Insulate your hot water tank to retain heat. It’s better for the environment and winter bills.


  • Remove leaves from gutters.
  • Disconnect hoses and store them indoors for the winter.
  • Trim trees and shrubs that touch the house.
  • Put up storm windows.
  • Stock up on sand and salt if you live in an area prone to icy, snowy weather.
  • Pull out annuals once they’ve died back.
  • Have your chimney inspected every year and cleaned if necessary.
  • Plant flower bulbs, including lilies, daffodils and tulips.

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