Winter maintenance tips for your home

Winter maintenance tips for your home image

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Now that Old Man Winter is officially here to stay for awhile, it's more important than ever to keep home maintenance in mind.

From potential frozen pipes to soaring energy costs, here are a number of simple things you can do to help ensure that your home is capable of withstanding even the worst of what winter has to offer.

  • To ensure your Digital Life thermostat helps your heating system run smoothly this winter, change your HVAC filters monthly.
  • When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. Digital Life offers a programmable thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature before you wake up so that your house is warm as you enjoy your morning cup of coffee.
  • Make sure your south-facing windows are unobstructed during the day to allow sunlight to naturally provide heat.
  • Close curtains at night to block the cold draft you may feel coming off your windows.
  • Consider covering drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet to keep the cold out.
  • Keep your cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. Digital Life offers water detection sensors that can alert you if the temperature drops below freezing.
  • Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and exterior walls.
  • Clear gutters of leaves and debris to help reduce the risk of ice damage
  • Trim trees and remove dead branches so they do not injure someone or damage your home, including your Digital Life outdoor cameras.