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6 Fast Fixes for January

Get ahead of household problems for the new year with these easy upgrades

Give Heaters a Hand

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Make sure heat vents, registers, and radiators are free of obstructions for optimal comfort and efficiency.

Organize Loose Paperwork

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Upgrade any appliances this season? Gather the warranties and receipts and start a binder, making sure to include each item's serial number.

Prevent Burst Pipes

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To protect plumbing that runs through an exterior wall, let faucets drip or run at a trickle to keep water flowing (rather than freezing) when temps dip below 32°.

Adjust Your Floodlights

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They're probably angled over the driveway, but positioning them over potential hiding spots, like recesses and shrubs, can help discourage prowlers.

Keep Rooms Cozy

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In rooms where you spend the most time, add rubber sweeps to interior doors to trap heat.

Check Radon Levels

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Home tests work best when the house is sealed up, so now's the time. Learn where to get a kit at epa.gov/radon.