Winterize The Air Conditioning System. Remove and store window units. Cover the outside unit with a tarp or plastic sheeting and secure it with bungee cords if you have central air.

Prepare the Heating System for the Winter. Check for any leaks in windows or doors; these can cost an arm and a leg. Make sure heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture. Get furnace serviced/inspected at least every other year, preferably annually. As with the AC, this shouldn't be a considerable expense.

Turn Off and Flush Outdoor Water Faucets. Also, flush hoses and store them. Winterize sprinkler systems as well, if you have one. 

Test the Sump Pump. You don't want to wait until you need your sump pump to find out it's not working. Ideally, twice a year, place chlorine tablets in it to keep it unobstructed.

Check the Driveway/Pavement for Cracks. Ensure to have re-sealed before winter; water can freeze and expand in the cracks, causing more damage. 

Buy Winter Gear. Have sidewalk salt, good shovels, etc., ready for winter. You never know when that first snow will come! 

Clean and check your chimney. Chimney maintenance is a job for professionals, but you can check for a few things for yourself. Ensure that the chimney cap is in good condition and does not become clogged with leaves or other debris. A wire screen will keep debris and animals from getting down into the chimney. (Birds, raccoons, and other animals may build nests inside vents when they are not used frequently). 

Change the Humidifier Filters. If you have a humidifier at home to humidify the indoor air, it must be cleaned frequently and adequately to prevent contaminating the air with bacteria.

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