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  • Checklist: 5 Ways to Prep Your Home for Fall

    Say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn with this checklist.

    • Pumpkin décor, changing leaves, the smell of freshly baked pies—fall is the time of year to snuggle up under a knitted blanket. As the days get shorter and chillier, you’ll be spending more time indoors. Get ready for a cozy, comfortable season ahead with these tips to transition your home from summer to autumn.

      Have your furnace inspected.

      An annual checkup by a professional is recommended to keep your home’s heat source in prime condition. You don’t want to be left in the cold because your furnace breaks down on a chilly autumn day.

      By checking fall furnace maintenance off your to-do list at the end of summer or beginning of fall, you’ll catch small fixes before they become big problems—not to mention you’ll beat the rush before other homeowners schedule maintenance appointments later in the season.

      Look for leaks and gaps.

      As the temperatures start to dip, the last thing you want is a drafty house. Caulk up any cracks and add weather-stripping to windows and doors to save up to 20 percent on your heating bill*.

      Sweep the chimney.

      There’s nothing better than curling up with a book in front of the fireplace on a chilly autumn day. Before your chimney gets a workout this season, have it professionally inspected and cleaned. A flue that is blocked or not working properly causes poor ventilation, sending toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide back into your home.

      Clean the gutters.

      Many homeowners think of this task as a spring activity to remove debris packed down by winter snow. But an end-of-summer cleaning is just as important to rid your gutter of leaves, twigs and even nests from animals who have decided to set up camp.

      Not only can a clogged gutter compromise your home’s health by producing mold, it may also surprise you with a hefty bill if backed-up water begins to leak through your roof.

      Refresh your home’s scent with the Filtrete™ Whole House Air Freshener

      Filtrete™ Whole House Air Fresheners

      The Crisp Cinnamon Apple fragrance is the perfect way to embrace the season. Plus, the air freshener, which attaches to your filter, is safer than burning a candle.


      * U.S. Department of Energy