TIP OF THE WEEK

4 ways to prep your home for winter

Winterize your house, or you could can end up paying for it later. Here are tips from LeakSmart:

Sky-high energy bills: Seal off any cracks and gaps with caulk, and check entrances for signs of worn or broken weatherstripping.

Water leaks: Freezing temperatures amplify the risk of water damage, especially after a power outage or a furnace malfunction. Protect your home with a smart home device that detects leaks and shuts off your home’s main water supply.

Power outages: Make sure your generator or backup power source has fuel and is in good working order. Keep basic supplies at the ready, such as blankets, batteries and food.

Ice dams: To help prevent ice dams and dangerous hanging icicles, clean the gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, and check the condition of your attic insulation.

MOVING

5 moving hacks that could save you

Changing households can be a time for new beginnings and boundless opportunities. The experts at Penske Truck Rental have some advice for orchestrating a move that won’t waste your time or money. Consider the following suggestions.

1. Create a timeline for your move weeks or months ahead, detailing the resources, time and labor you’ll need.

2. Reserve your rental truck at least two weeks ahead, choosing the size that corresponds to the number of rooms in your home. Pick a company like Penske that ensures up-to-date emission-control technologies, recycled packing materials and fuel-efficient diesel engines.

3. Recycle by minimizing your unwanted belongings through garage sales, online sales, donations or giveaways to friends.

4. Utilize packing space inside your own dressers, chests, baskets, suitcases and other household containers.

5. To cushion breakable belongings, optimize your own blankets, pillows, linens, clothing and tarps.

SECURITY

8 home security hacks recommended by police

These tips come from a police home safety evaluation:

1. Change the locks. You never know who has a key.

2. Replace outdoor lightbulbs: Get outdoor flood lights. Make sure the bulbs are working.

3. Place an alarm sign in your yard: Many would-be thieves won’t approach a house if they think it has an alarm.

4. Buy an indoor camera: Cameras can capture a suspect in the act.

5. Get out the garden shears: Bushes outside of windows should be below the window line.

6. Bake some cookies: A great way to stay safe is to work together as a neighborhood. Why not start that relationship with a plate of cookies?

7. Protect your neighborhood: Outdoor security cameras, like Flock Safety, can prevent would-be criminals from entering the neighborhood.

8. Ask for a security survey: Officers can assess your home’s safety.

For more information, visit www.flocksafety.com/securityhacks.

HVAC

3 questions to ask when looking for your new HVAC unit

Ask these questions when looking for the right HVAC solution for your home, according to Luxaire:

Is the unit the right size for your home?

A common rule of thumb for HVAC systems is that one ton is necessary for every 400 square feet in the home.

What is the proper SEER rating for your home?

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and the rating is a good indicator of your unit’s energy efficiency.

What maintenance will be involved with my unit?

The maintenance required for your new unit should be outlined in the owner’s manual but you can also ask your distributor as well if you have any questions not answered in the guide.