Tips for protecting your home against cold weather

CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH)– As winter temperatures have you throwing on a few more layers, you not only have to think about protecting yourself but also your home from the cold weather.  We’ve got your back this morning with tips for you on how you can weather proof your home.

More specifically the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association has some tips for keeping your house warm and safe and keeping your pipes from freezing.

Remember, your plumbing is only as safe as its coldest pipe, so think about where the coldest pipe is – maybe the basement where you don’t have the heat on, maybe a pipe against an outside wall where there’s little insulation? CEMA recommends keeping your thermostat, even programmable ones, no lower than 60.

If your sink is against an outside wall, open the cabinets underneath to let the warm air from the house get at those pipes. Also, moving water is much less likely to freeze, so if you’re worried about pipes freezing, open your faucet so it drips a little and keeps the water moving.

And if you see some snow this week, CEMA reminds you to shovel a path for your oil delivery person, and keep the vents for your heating system free of snow.

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