Winter
Maintenance 
 
      
Have your fuel tanks filled and keep an eye on levels throughout the winter.

Set your heat no lower than 55 degrees as the temperature inside the walls where water piping is located is colder than the living spaces; open doors to unoccupied rooms to keep an even temperature throughout the house.

Check for water leaks and fix problems immediately; wrap water piping in UL-Listed heat tape and insulate if it is exposed in unheated areas such as garages, crawl spaces or attics. Use only thermostatically-controlled heat tape if your water piping is plastic, and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Learn how to shut off your water and know where your pipes are located in case they do freeze; you may be able to prevent water damage.

 Keep snow removal tools close at hand: a roof rake to remove snow that can melt and cause ice dams; snow shovels or a snow blower, and pet-safe ice melt. Stock up on your emergency supplies, too. Arrange for snow removal while you’re away. You can ask your landscapers if they offer this service in winter.
Maintain your wood-burning or pellet stoves according to the manufacturer's instructions.