You wouldn’t go outside in the dead of winter without bundling up with a thick coat, scarf and gloves.

But when was the last time you thought twice about leaving your home uncovered vulnerable to the elements?

We hope you will take our list and check it twice!

1. Cover Up Your Hot Water Heater.

You probably didn’t think twice about your water heater when you did your holiday shopping this year.

However, you might want to spring for an insulated blanket made especially for water heaters just to show that you care (or to save energy- we won’t tell).

Your water heater is one of the biggest energy consumers in your home- if it is sitting in a cold garage or basement it is working too hard to deliver your piping hot shower.

2. Don’t Forget About Your Pipes.

Frozen, burst pipes are no joke. They are messy, expensive to replace and if you are not aware or in town when a pipe bursts- you may have more than just plumbing repairs to worry about.

Always turn off your sprinkler system and hose spigots before the first freeze- and if you’re going out of town open your lower sink cabinets to allow heat to warm your pipes.

Never allow the temperature of your home to drop below 55 degrees for an extended period of time.

3. Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up.

One of the best ways to prepare your home for winter and care for your furnace is with a regular tune-up. (Schedule yours here.)

Your furnace is just like any other piece of machinery and you must maintain it to ensure it is operating at its peak efficiency.

Regular maintenance also helps prevent your furnace from breaking down or needing to be replaced earlier than necessary.