August is a good time to get the house ready for the changing season by ticking off some of these things on your checklist.
Check all of your safety devices.
Make sure you test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and get all your batteries replaced as needed. Watch for the expiration date on the extinguisher and replace what is needed.
Remove all your window air conditioning units.
If you make use of window AC units, it is now time to either cover them with insulation or remove them. It is best to remove the units as this will help you to shut the windows, reducing loss of heat during the chilly weather. In case you choose to leave them during the coming months, make sure to buy insulating covers made for this purpose and attach them outside securely.
Use weather stripping.
The contemporary double-pane windows do not require weather-stripping; however, if you have old windows, then weather-stripping can assist in retaining heat and stopping drafts. Inspect areas that have weather-stripping from last season and replace or remove as needed.
Check the gutters and roofs.
It is normally fine to wait till all the autumn leaves have fallen for cleaning out the downspouts and gutters, but giving a quick visual check to these areas is always a good idea. Pull out the debris obstructing the gutters, and keep a note of any seals that are worn-out around chimneys and vent pipes.