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Prepare Your Home for Winter with These Essential Tips

Prepare Your Home for Winter with These Essential Tips

As winter approaches, it's crucial to start winterizing your home to ensure a cozy and problem-free season. Here are some key steps to help your home withstand the cold months:

1. **Clear Gutters:** Remove dead leaves and debris from your gutters to prevent blockages and water damage.

2. **Inspect Roof and Attic:** Check for any holes or vulnerabilities in your roof and attic. Consider adding extra insulation to keep drafts out and maintain a warmer environment.

3. **Chimney Check:** Ensure your chimney is clean and safe for use during the winter months.

4. **Weatherproof Windows and Doors:** Examine and enhance weather stripping around windows and doors. Small adjustments can make a significant difference in keeping the cold air out.

5. **Pipes Maintenance:** Cold temperatures can make pipes fragile. Identify the location of your shut-off valve in case of a burst pipe. Drain sprinklers and garden hoses, disconnect them, and store them for the winter.

6. **HVAC System Service:** Schedule a service for your HVAC system. It's recommended to have it serviced twice a year, both in summer and winter. Don't wait until the last minute to ensure your heating system is ready for unexpected temperature drops.

7. **Beware of Space Heaters:** While seeking warmth, be cautious of space heaters. The improper use of space heaters can pose significant dangers, including fire hazards and electrical issues. It is recommended to avoid their use or, if necessary, follow strict safety guidelines, such as keeping them away from flammable materials and turning them off when unattended.

In addition to these tips, if you're facing challenges with your PECO bills, consider applying for assistance through LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). LIHEAP is currently accepting applications to provide support with heating costs. Click [here] to learn more about the application process and eligibility criteria.

By following these winterization tips, being mindful of space heater risks, and exploring available assistance programs, you can create a more comfortable and secure living environment as the colder months approach. Start early to stay ahead of potential issues and enjoy a warm and worry-free winter.