Know more about winterizing your home

By: NBC News Email
By: NBC News Email

We're still three weeks away from winter, but do you have plans in place on how to stay warm?

Already some parts of the country have had a taste of winter, which should serve as a reminder to the rest of us to get ready.

Water hoses should already be disconnected and drained by now. The experts at Consumer Reports say if you don't do it, you'll end up with frozen water in a clogged gutter, which can cause leaky structural damage on your rooftop.

Down below, close vents to keep cold air out of crawl spaces.

For the winter months, you should flip off the outdoor power switch to the compressor on your air conditioning unit. It'll save energy and keep away rodents looking for a warm spot.

To make sure warm air stays in, experts say use the candle or incense smoke test, which can be fixed with caulk, weather strip or cheap plastic film.

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