MIDLAND -- Freezing temperatures can put a dent in household necessities, so that's why it's important to prepare your home for the winter months.
Midland homeowner, Joyce Dossey, makes sure to check things like faucets, her furnace and hot water heater. It's important to note that it's not just about checking, but also maintaining the appliances throughout the year.
"It's easy to forget about, but if you've ever woken up, cold on a weekend with no one able to come out, you know you want to do the best you can," Dossey said.
Most homeowners don't check the important appliances and that keeps heating companies very busy.
"Not a lot of people check on their heaters or air conditioners unless there's an issue. We just kind of take it for granted most of the time," Bobby Rotan with D + D Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.
When it comes to furnaces, make sure you're changing the air filter every 30 days.
As far as hot water heaters, try and get them flushed twice a year.