If you live in a house it’s time to start preparing for the cold weather ahead and winterize your home. Ensuring you have accomplished the listed points below can aid in keeping you warm, dry and also help avoid home disasters that can wind up costing lots of money to fix.
- Insulating water pipes: Purchase insulation covers at your local hardware store and cover all exposed pipe with insulation. It’s also a good time to make sure you know the location of your main water line turn-off valve is in case of an emergency during the cold weather months.
- Furnace inspection: Before the cold weather sets in, fire up your furnace to make sure it is in good working condition. Check for loud sounds and a lingering bad smell once you turn it on.
- Seal doors, ducts and windows: Check for cracks to identify where cold air may sneak into your house. Use insulation material to seal door and window cracks. Inspect ventilation ducts for heating that could be escaping and running up the heating bill.
- Leave the heat on: If you plan to leave your home for any extended period of time during the cold weather months, make sure to leave your heat on (it can be set lower).
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