Get ahead of household problems for the new year with these easy upgrades
Give Heaters a Hand
Make sure heat vents, registers, and radiators are free of obstructions for optimal comfort and efficiency.
Organize Loose Paperwork
Upgrade any appliances this season? Gather the warranties and receipts and start a binder, making sure to include each item’s serial number.
Prevent Burst Pipes
To protect plumbing that runs through an exterior wall, let faucets drip or run at a trickle to keep water flowing (rather than freezing) when temps dip below 32°.
Adjust Your Floodlights
They’re probably angled over the driveway, but positioning them over potential hiding spots, like recesses and shrubs, can help discourage prowlers.
Keep Rooms Cozy
In rooms where you spend the most time, add rubber sweeps to interior doors to trap heat.
Check Radon Levels
Home tests work best when the house is sealed up, so now’s the time. Learn where to get a kit at epa.gov/radon