It’s time to start thinking about getting your home prepared for cooler temperatures. Inspect the exterior of your home to check for cracks or open areas around pipes and seal them. Check your doors and windows to see how well they fit. Use weather-stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows. Replace any cracked window panes. In your home check where pipes, vents or conduits run through the walls or ceilings and fill any spaces with foam sealant. Install any storm windows, and store your summer screens. Check the roof flashing to be sure that water won’t come in the house. Clean out the gutters and downspouts to clear them of debris. Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from your home. And check around your home’s foundation and remove any debris or vegetation and seal any cracks.