WAKEFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- -
Temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits this week, so it’s best to be prepared.
One of the biggest home threats in cold weather is frozen pipes, which can shut down a heating system.
Experts are saying that there is a lot residents can do ahead of time.
First, they recommend a tune up. “Going straight to the source is the most important thing, making sure that your heating system is actually working properly first,” said Ryan Williams of 128 Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.
Insulating pipes is also a good idea, whether it be a foam insulation between the foundation and the sill itself or an insulation that can cover the pipes.
If you don’t have insulation, there are things you can do in the short-term.
Make sure to set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Don't drop it when you leave the house.
Williams also recommends leaving cabinets open around the house.
"You're introducing warm air into an area that's not typically getting heat to that area,” he said.
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