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Think ahead: Prep your home for winter now

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 5:45am  ET

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Trimming trees now may be cheaper than having a limb fall on your house or car this winter. (Thinkstock)

Kristi King, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Weekend temperatures aren't likely to get out of the 60s.

Is your home ready for fall?

Before it gets really cold, now's the time to check your heater and change filters.

Examine windows and door frames for cracks and leaks that can be sealed.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat. They're relatively cheap at less than a $100 but pay off in comfort and energy savings.

For about $50 a chimney cap will keep out rain and cold air.

Other fall prep suggestions from MainStreet.com include cleaning and covering patio furniture, weeding and mulching flower beds and cleaning out the garage.

And even if you have to hire a professional to do it -- trimming trees now might be cheaper than having a limb fall on your house or car this winter.

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