Winterizing your home

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Temperatures are already dropping during the fall season and it won't be too long before winter is upon us.

Marv's Plumbing and Heating recommends having your home ready to take on the winter conditions.

Construction manager at Marv's, Alan Cassista, says it's important to do your annual inspection during the fall. He said, "The main thing is just that you do things at certain times to kind of get it on a schedule for yourself and for the house."

Cassista's first recommendation is to start prepping the exterior of your home. This includes blowing out sprinklers to make sure pipes don't freeze and break as well as making sure hoses are disconnected from faucets and empty of water. Cassista says forgetting to detach hoses is a common mistake for homeowners.

In addition, the cooler temperatures can also cause plumbing problems inside the home. Cassista says it's important to make sure pipes near walls or areas with wind drafts are protected or kept an eye on. Cassista added, "If it gets really cold, sometimes you have to open up your vanity cabinets or your kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate underneath there because it's just the cold air penetrating through the side of the house."

Marv's also says the heating furnace is another part to check up on. HVAC manager, Jordan Matthews, said, "The best thing to do is to get your furnace serviced annually each year before the winter season happens." Matthews says doing an annual maintenance check will increase the efficiency of your unit.

Checking your heating furnace includes changing air filters and checking for carbon monoxide and combustible gas leaks.

Matthews recommends changing filters every 30-90 days. He said, "The indoor air quality that you breathe can be up to 30 to 50 times dirtier inside your house than the outside air in the winter." He added, "You've only got two air filters inside the house: The first one's your air filter, the second one's your lungs. So you want the furnace filter to be pulling out all the dirt, dander, bacteria, pollen so that you're not breathing that in."

Doing simple things to make sure your home is insulated can also help reduce your heating. Matthews says homeowners lose a lot of their heat through the attic.