It won't be long before winter is here, along with the ice, snow and cold. Living in a colder climate means you need to know how to prepare your home for the lower temperatures. Here are a few things you can do to winterize your home before the sub-zero temperatures roll in.

Check the Heating System

At least once a year, you should change the filter on your furnace and have the system checked. This will ensure you don't have to deal with the cold without a proper working heating system.

Block Fireplaces you won't be Using

If you have a fireplace you don't use, you want to block it off. This will keep the warm air in and keep it from escaping through the fireplace you don't plan to use. You can block it by putting a decorative fireplace screen in front of the opening.

Turn Off Outside Faucets

All your outside faucets should be turned off, along with your sprinkler system. These need to be turned off so that the water doesn't freeze within the pipes leading to them and cause a pipe to burst.

Prevent Potential Ice Dams

If your home ends up with icicles and ice dams, you may need to take precautions to prevent these. By sealing any air leaks, checking roof vents and adding insulation, you can keep the ice damps from ripping gutters and shingles off your home.

Caulk Doors and Windows

You want to check the caulk around all doors and windows. If it's worn out, replace it with new caulk to keep cold air from getting in through the gaps.

These are just a few tips you need to use to winterize your home. Make sure you're ready before it's too late.

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