Winter will officially arrive on December 21st. Have you prepared your home for the problems that cold and icy weather may bring? It’s not too late to take steps to make sure your home is winter-ready. Here are some tips from Travelers Insurance.

  • Have your furnace or boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor.

  • Clean or replace the furnace filter.

  • Set your heat to no lower than 55 degrees so your water pipes don’t freeze.

  • Open doors to unoccupied rooms to maintain an even temperature throughout the house.

  • Add weather stripping around doors and caulk windows to protect against drafts and heat loss.

  • Learn to shut off your water valve and know where your pipes are located in case they do freeze so you can prevent further damage.

  • Trim trees so you minimize the danger of damage from branches falling due to ice or snow.

  • Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks, and other debris.

  • Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in working order.

  • Make sure you have snow shovels for your walkway and driveway and a snow brush and ice scraper for your car.

Following these tips can ensure that you will have a warm, safe, and healthy winter. Bring on the hot chocolate and marshmallows!