1. Check The Heat

You want to make sure that your heater is working before the cold hits. Check the furnace by turning on the heat to make sure it's operating as it should. Change the furnace filter often to keep everything working smoothly. Did you know that filters get dirty quicker if you have inside pets? A clogged filter can prevent your home from getting warm as fast.

2. Reverse Direction of Ceiling Fans

Set your ceiling fan blades to run clockwise to circulate warm air from the ceiling down to the room. This is a little tip to stay warm and avoid stagnant air. 

3. Protect Your Pipes

We all know that water expands as it freezes. If water expands in your pipes they could possibly crack or bust. Leave faucets dripping in cold weather. A busted pipe can cause massive damage. This is an easy way to avoid this type of issue. Drain the water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, disconnect outdoor hoses, 

4. Seal Windows and Doors

Gaps around the windows and doors can let cold air in and make it difficult to stay warm indoors. Caulk around windows and install weather stripping around doors as needed. This minor and inexpensive task can help you save on heating costs.  

5. Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney

Before lighting up the fireplace, check that it is clean and critter free. Keep your home's warm air from escaping when you aren't using your fireplace but ensuring that the flue is closed all the way. 

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