Temperatures have dropped quickly here in New Jersey. If you were hanging on to the hope of warmer than normal temperatures this winter, the polar vortex is making her presence known this week.

We have to give it to winter, however, for helping us see possibilities we had not yet considered.

Before last winter, who would have believed an entire year’s worth of snow could fall on New Jersey in a matter of days?

At A.J. Perri, we believe in preparing for the worst while hoping for the best. In light of the frigid temperatures which have come our way, we’ve prepared a few tips to ensure your home is prepared for the cold.

• Wrap your water heater in style this holiday season. Unless you work in the heating and cooling industry- we doubt your water heater made it onto your gift-giving list.

However, your water heater is more than likely one of the biggest energy users in your home.

If your water heater is located in a drafty or unheated area of your home, you may want to maximize your system’s efficiency and add an insulated blanket to your list.

• Prepare your pipes for the freeze. We hate to see homeowners struggle with frozen, busted pipes when disaster could have been easily avoided.

Prevent your pipes from freezing this winter by making sure to turn off your outdoor watering system before the first freeze.

Like your water heater, we recommend wrapping pipes in cold areas of your home with foam pipe insulation or fiberglass.

•Always keep your home above 55 degrees Fahrenheit and keep cabinet doors open to expose under the sink pipes during bouts of extremely cold weather.

• Schedule a tune-up for your furnace. If there is a problem with your system you will want to know before there are several feet of snow outside.

A complete tune-up is a quick and inexpensive way to check for issues and help your furnace run more efficiently too.

Take a look at our Top Ten Reasons to schedule a furnace tune-up for even more inspiration to schedule annual maintenance for your furnace.

If you’re interested in scheduling a tune-up for your furnace we hope you will give us a call. Schedule now and stop worrying about staying warm this winter.