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4. Caulk Windows
By the time the fall rolls around, more that likely your windows probably have cracked caulking around them. Sealing around your windows on the inside as well as the outside of the house can really cut back the amount of cold air that enters your home and warm air that escapes. You may think that these cracks look so small and insignificant, but when you consider all the cracks around all the windows, that could be a lot cold air coming in! Especially pay attention to those north windows.
Here is a tip if you have those older single pane windows with no storm windows installed.
Take some thick clear plastic and cut it to the size of the window frame. Attach it to the inside of the window around the frame and it should create an air space between the glass and the plastic. This will really help insulate the window and keep the room warmer. I have seen people put the plastic directly on the glass, but that will not create the air space. It's the air space that insulates the window.
5. Clean the fireplace and flue
If your home has a fireplace, make sure it's clean and clear of creosote buildup before a heavy season of fireplace use. What is creosote? It's a black flaky substance that builds up in the flue and the opening of the flue. This substance can become flammable in high temperatures, so keep it clean! Also keep in mind that poorly drafted fireplaces can cause carbon monoxide to enter the living space, so always have CO detectors installed in the home when fireplaces are present as well as gas appliances.
6. Winterize external plumbing pipes ad fixtures
Don't wait until the first freeze comes to rush out and do this. Calling a plumber to come out and repair a freeze busted pipe is expensive, not to mention the damage that this can cause. Wrap exposed pipes on the outside of the house and the garage with pipe wrap and install covers on the hose spigots. These are easily removed and reinstalled if you need to use the hose in the meantime.
7. Store outdoor furniture
Most outdoor furniture is made of some sort of plastic material that can crack and break in cold temperatures. If you can't store it in a protected area, at least wrap the furniture in a thick protective covering.