Your home is your biggest investment. Here are some things you can do to protect your house and keep occupants warm during the frigid weather.
DO: Make sure your windows are closed tight and locked
This simple step can prevent the arctic air from seeping into you house.
DON'T: Leave the garage door open
Closing the door is better for your house and your car.
DO: Have an alternative source of heat available
Keep an electric heater or some other source of warmth in case the furnace goes out.
DON'T: Use your oven to heat your home
This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
DO: Place towels in front of exterior doors to prevent drafts
DON'T: Forget to change the batteries in the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
If something goes wrong and your heating system starts emitting toxic gases, you will want to know to get out of your house or have a professional fix your system.
DO: Turn your water faucets on to a slow drip
This prevents the lines from freezing.
DON'T: Leave space heaters a fireplace unattended
Fires can start quickly, so keep external heat sources in view. If you leave a room for an extended period of time, turn them off.
DO: Keep ventilation for fireplaces and furnaces clear
If you have a lot of snow, it is easy for furnace ventilation pipes to become blocked. Make sure these are clear to prevent dangerous gasses from entering your home.
DON'T: Open blinds and drapes, unless they allow direct sunlight