Winter is here, and it’s time to get your home ready. Proper preparation can not only keep you warm and cozy but also save you money in the long run. Here are four essential tips to ensure your home is winter-ready:

1. Replacing Your Furnace Filter:

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to prepare your home for winter is by replacing your furnace filter. A clean filter ensures that your heating system operates efficiently, and it can save you up to 15% on your energy bill. Regular maintenance of your furnace filter keeps your indoor air quality high and contributes to energy savings—a win-win for your comfort and your wallet.

Don’t know how to change your filter? Check out this video tutorial!

2. Protecting Your Pipes:

Frozen pipes can be a homeowner’s nightmare. To avoid the risk of burst pipes and water damage, take the time to locate the main water valve in your home. Shutting off the water supply and draining any remaining water from the pipes can prevent freezing. Additionally, cover outdoor faucets with faucet covers to insulate them from the cold. This simple step can go a long way in preventing costly plumbing issues during the winter months.

3. Insulating Exposed Pipes:

Whether indoors or outdoors, exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Protect them by insulating them with foam tubing. This insulation acts as a barrier against the cold, reducing the risk of pipes freezing and bursting. This proactive measure protects your plumbing system and avoids potential water damage and costly repairs.

4. Dripping Faucets in Freezing Temperatures:

In extremely cold weather, allow your indoor faucets to drip slightly. This constant flow of water can ALSO prevent pipes from freezing, ensuring a continuous water supply. While it may seem counterintuitive, this small action can make a significant difference in maintaining the integrity of your plumbing system during freezing temperatures.

Have additional questions or concerns? Contact us! Collier and Associates has your back.