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by Ted Levin on Oct 30, 2014

Everyone’s top priority is to create a safe home for themselves and their family. This job is usually pretty simple, but it can get a little more complicated in the winter season. Winter brings a lot of new safety issues for homes that are not faced in any other season. Home owners need to prepare their home against winter storms, possible extended vacations, extra home guests, and general maintenance that is more difficult to maintain in the cold winter months.

There are a few simple steps that home owners can complete in order to prepare their home for the winter season and make sure that their home will be as safe as possible throughout the year. These steps are easy for any home owner to complete and can be done throughout the winter to ensure that their home is always safe. Here are a few safety checks everyone should do in their home to prepare for winter.

Check the heating system

It is essential for any home to have a well-functioning heating system that one can rely on to keep the home warm and cozy throughout the winter. Having an issue with the heating system can not only make a home uncomfortable in the winter, but it can also cause big problems for the home and its function. Water pipes can freeze and other appliances can experience difficulty functioning properly. Home owners should check their heating systems in the fall to make sure there are no obvious issues.

Check the home security system

A home security system is still one of the most reliable ways to keep a home safe. Home owners can rely on their home security systems to monitor the home and alert the home owner if there are every any issues. This is especially helpful for home owners who plan to be away from their homes for an extended period of time during the winter months. Home owners should invest in a new ADT Alarm system or upgrade their current home security system to keep their home safe at all times.

Check for leaks around the home

Any home can experience leaks that can cause big issues for the home during the wintertime. Leaks in insulation around the home can not only cause heat to be lost, but they can also make the home more vulnerable during a winter storm. Additionally, leaks in water pipes around the home can cause the pipes to freeze and even cause foundational damage to the home. Home owners should check for these leaks or have a professional check and seal any leaks around the home. 

Check the air filters

Because opening the windows of the home is not usually an option in the winter time, home owners should make sure that their air filters in the home’s heating system are clean and free of debris. This keeps the air in the home fresh, but it can also prevent home fires. Home owners can easily clean or replace the air filters around their home every fall to ensure their home will be safe.

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