As wintry weather makes its way into our area, now's the time -- if you haven't already -- to make sure your home is ready.
A good place to start is with the windows. You can caulk them around the edges and put window film across them. That will keep the heat in and cold air out.
Another important step is getting your pipes and sprinkler system ready.
"Turn off the water," says Andrew Westbrook at Home Depot. "Get prepared that way. And then we have a lot of different things you can do as far as heating cables to put on your pipes, make sure those don't freeze. Keep them heated throughout the nights, especially with it getting a lot colder."
Westbrook says a few other ways to get your home ready include winterizing your air conditioner and also buying some roof and gutter de-icing kits. In all, he says you'll probably end up spending between $50 and $100 if you want to do it right.
Much cheaper than the alternative.
"If you have water breaking, you have your house flooding, your carpet ruined," he says. "So it's a lot cheaper to go this route."
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