Prepping your home for cold weather

The first hard freeze of the season could hit as early as Sunday night into Monday and local businesses say getting a head start on winterizing your home is the best way to avoid costly mistakes later on.

Shutting off your sprinkler system is one way to prepare for winter months.

"It's that time of year," said Cary Heimes with Judson Irrigation "where temperatures are dropping and we need to make sure the sprinklers don't freeze and have any problems over the wintertime"

Judson Irrigation also says they can do it or you can turn you system off at home yourself. You just have to turn off the water source, drain the pipes and make sure the valves connected to the system are off.

"It's a good time to do this before the first freeze," said Heimes "because if you don't, where the pipes come out of your house they can freeze and break and that can be a very expensive adventure for a homeowner."

Inside you home, making sure your furnace is running properly is a safe way to start the season. John Henry's Plumbing, Heating and Air employees say you can never be to careful when it comes to your furnace.

"I'd recommend always having it inspected," said Wes Dalrymple "having a professional come out to check through the furnace and make sure its going to operate properly through the winter."

If you are having trouble getting your heat to turn on for the first time this season, John Henry's says there may be a few reasons.

"If you filters plugged it could overheat the furnace," said Dalrymple "check your furnace filter, check your batteries in your thermostat, and make sure everything is ready to go."

For both your sprinkler and furnace system, experts recommend having both checked out before mid-November.

If you want to water your lawn one more time this season, Judson Irrigation suggests wrapping blankets around above ground pipes.