There’s always some maintenance to be done around your home. It can cost you big money and a lot of time to repair if you don’t act on time.

 

Here are 5 simple tips that are most useful when preparing your home for this winter:

 

  • Be energy efficient – Since your heating system will probably be running constantly throughout the winter, remember to change out your HVAC filters every month. Inspect the insulation in your attic and crawlspace. Warm air rises and leaves the house through the roof, so you should focus on insulation in your ceilings.

  • Protect your pipes – Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures. When the forecast calls for unusually cold temperatures, let water drip from hot and cold faucets overnight.

  • Be ready for an emergency – Blackouts and snow-ins can occur during the winter months, so take a moment to prepare yourself and your family for such emergencies.

  • Decorate safely – ‘Tis the season to be festive, but remember to stay safe with your holiday decorations. Inspect the wires of your light display before switching them on—they may be frayed and present an electrical fire hazard.

  • Don’t forget yard care – Even with the cold weather conditions, your yard still needs to be maintained. Make sure tree and shrub branches are well away from the house and windows. Icy conditions can cause branches to break and damage your home.

 

You can save a lot of money if you address these things on time. Don’t wait for things to break so you have unexpected costs to replace or buy new.