- 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.