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Get your house ready for colder weather.
- Have your furnace cleaned and checked before turning it on again.
- Save on energy costs by replacing a furnace that’s 10 years or older. Visit energy.gov and search energy efficient furnace for tips.
- Check and clean wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys.
- Make sure weather stripping around doors and windows is in good shape.
- Save on heating and cooling costs with good insulation. Search energy.gov for insulation to learn about replacing or improving what you have.
- Replace old windows with energy-efficient options that fit well. It can be costly up front, but it can save energy costs year-round.
- Check your windows to make sure:
- Locks are functioning.
- Sealant or caulk is not crumbling or shrinking.
- Glass is not cracked or broken.
- Help insulate perennials with mulch.
- Drain water from hoses, pools, and irrigation systems and turn off outside faucets if your temps drop to freezing or below.
- Trim bushes and trees.
- Clean your decking and reseal if necessary.
- Power wash your drive and patio.
- Clear gutters and check for any leaks or clogs.
- Check your roof and repair or replace any damaged areas.
- Clean mold and dirt from siding and windows.
- Consider repainting worn areas.