As summer comes to a close, it's time to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter.  By performing just a few chores, you can make sure you're ready for the colder months and have less problems during the winter season. Here's a few tasks that are fairly painless and will help you avoid major repair costs when you least expect them.

Make Sure Windows are Sealed

If you have double or triple pane windows, there is an inert gas between the panes that insulates the window.  If you notice the window is foggy, that means the seal has failed. Try ashing in on the warranty if you can. If you can't, call a pro that can reseal them.

Sweep the Chimney

It's important that your chimney is clean before you use it during the winter. If soot builds up it can increase the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. You need to call a pro to handle this one.

Change Air Filters and Tune Up Furnace

This should really be done monthly, but certainly every year. You can replace the filters yourself easily. You can also call in a professional to do a tune up on your furnace.

Want some more tips for maintaining your home? Check out the full list of September maintenance tips here.