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This winter seems to be quite a harsh one, and if you’re not prepared for it you might end up paying a lot to heat up your home and fix damages to it. Alternatively, you can perform these 11 simple checks around your home to make sure your house is winter-proof:
1. Use matches to find places where draft blows into the house, then seal it with caulk.
2. If you have windows that have ice accumulating on the inside, replace them as soon as possible.
3. Check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
4. If you’re using a furnace, clean or replace the filters to get better results, reduce costs and prevent fires.
5. If the temperature drops below freezing, leave your taps on a drip at night to prevent pipes from bursting.
6. Are you smelling eggs even though you’re not making any? The sulfur smell may indicate a gas-leak. Call a professional immediately.
7. Be sure to clear any and all vents to prevent carbon monoxide buildups.
8. Vacuum your heating ducts to ensure that the heat reaches you and is not lost along the way.
9. If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat. It’ll save you money by lowering the temperatures in the house when you’re asleep or at work.
10. Check for frost in your attic – it can cause mold and can indicate problem in the insulation. Fix it as soon as possible.
11. If you’re using a furnace, inspect it for rust or odd noises, and consult with a professional if you find any.