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Before Jack Frost comes knocking

After months of warm weather, it's hard to remember everything you need to do to prepare your home for cold weather. Here's a checklist of things to get done before the first frost:

Exterior Plumbing

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*Turn off and drain sprinkler system.

*Insulate exterior faucets.

*Insulate exposed pipes in garage.

*Clean gutters and storm drains. Make sure downspouts can carry water three feet away from house.

Heating System

*Clean or replace furnace filters.

*Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters, and ducts.

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*Remove or cover window air conditioners.

Source: Rolling Thunder

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