It is that time of year again.  A time to dust off those sweaters and dig out your mittens.  Don't forget about getting your home ready for winter, you don't want to wait until it is 20 degrees outside before checking to make sure everything is winterized.  Eastern Idaho has been known to get a little chilly and you will want to take some precautions now before the weather gets nasty.

The first thing that you will want to check is the furnace, it is always a good idea to have your furnace survived by a professional heating company each year.  Make sure that the furnace filters are new and clean, also make sure you have is a good idea to change those once a month during the winter months.  It is also wise to have your fuel tank topped off if you are using propane or oil for heat.  If you don't have carbon monoxide detectors it may be a good idea to get one, don't put your family at risk.

If you have a wood burning stove, make sure you have the chimney cleaned and inspected.

It is recommended to have your Air Conditioning unit covered for the winter, you should have all debris cleaned out prior to covering it.

Most homes in East Idaho have sprinkler systems that need to be winterized to prevent freezing.  You can call most lawn care companies to have the lines blown out or you can get an air compressor and do it yourself.  Make sure that you also turn off your timer as it can damage the solenoids if it tries turning off with the water off.  It is also a good idea to unscrew your garden hoses to prevent the faucet from freezing, you can also buy insulators to put over the outdoor faucets through the winter.  If you have pipes that are prone to freezing, now is the time to install heat tape...make sure to follow installation instructions for safety.

While the weather is still nice is is also a good idea to check the weather seal around your doors and make sure they seal tight to prevent any cold air from entering.  It is also a good time to caulk around windows and doors if the old caulk is cracking.

Clean out your rain gutters from debris and leaves, you may need to wait until the trees are done shedding to do this.  You may also want to install heat cable on your roof and in your rain gutters if you have an area that does not see a lot of sunshine in the winter, this will help to stop any type of ice dam.

If you have had high heating bills in the past you may want to have your insulation levels checked, there may even be some tax incentives to improve the energy efficiency of your home.