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      Getting your house ready for winter

      Winterizing your home can save you some cash on your energy bills. You want to make exterior, interior, and plumbing preps.

      "Our homes are closed up. We have exhausting appliances like water heaters, dryers, bath fans--all those depressurize the house. So if you have a leak around a window or door, the water will get sucked into the building cavity," said Kerry Noble, Home Evaluation Services.

      Noble says leaks can create mold and structural damage. So, you want to make sure all doors and windows are sealed properly. You can purchase seals for around ten dollars. Another option is getting storm windows, and costs will vary depending on the size.

      "It helps the drafts become less through your windows, which may have cracks that you're unaware of," said Jeremy Wright, Pro Service Specialist with Lowes.

      While you're outside, check for damaged shingles, make sure the gutter is cleared out, and debris is removed from your air conditioning unit and it's covered.

      "Whether it's your boiler, furnace or heater, you are counting on that for the next four months. It needs to be in tip top shape. I encourage everyone to hire their favorite mechanical contractor and do an annual clean and tune on it," Noble said.

      There are also some other things to check in your basement.

      "Rim joists along the top parts of your basement; in older homes, they don't have any foam insulation in it," Wright said.

      When it comes to your pipes, making sure water is drained out can prevent a leak and future expenses for a pipe burst.

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