Man cleaning leaves out of the gutters of his home.

4 Steps to Winter Home Protection

Talking about the weather is a favorite past-time. In addition to talking about the weather, now is a good time to prepare for it. There are several weeks each fall when the temperatures are moderate and your home's heating and cooling systems are not needed. This is the time to check out your home's heating system­ before the cold weather arrives. Call a heating contractor to thoroughly inspect and clean the furnace and venting system. If you decide to tackle the job yourself, be sure to follow your furnace manufacturer's instructions.

Attention should also be given to:

Planning ahead and taking precautions against winter hardships can help you weather the season in comfort and safety.

Minnesota Safety Council