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Monday, November 23, 2015

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

By Antonio Alba Meraz, Extension Educator

Properly maintaining your home helps you prevent costly damage, reduce insurance costs, and eliminate health risks. Home maintenance is necessary all year round, but it’s especially important in the fall so your home is ready for tough Minnesota winters. Here are some tips for ensuring your home withstands cold during winter:
  • Set the thermostat to at least 55-60 degrees; this is warm enough to prevent pipes freezing, while also saving money on heating bills.
  • Replace your furnace air filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. If you don’t have detectors, install them immediately. Fires are especially dangerous in the winter.
  • Check for frozen pipes by monitoring water pressure and drainage. Remember, pipes will not freeze if they are regularly used.
  • Keep sidewalks and driveways free of ice and snow. Pour salt on icy patches.
  • You should always repair broken glass in windows and doors promptly, but this is especially important in winter to keep cold winds from blowing into your home.
For more information on home maintenance during winter and year-round, visit our Extension web page Keep Your Home Warm and Safe During the Winter at

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