Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI) - Winter is almost here and housing experts say now is the time to start preparing your home for the cold season.
Experts say about 25 percent of home heat loss in the winter is through the roof of the house. There are some easy ways to tell if your home is read for winter.
Local roofer Jason Troxel says pay attention to your neighborhood.
"A good indicator that you don't have enough insulation is if you look out your neighbors rood and it still has frost on it and yours doesn't. That means you are losing heat somewhere" he says.
Roofers say homeowners need to be securing their roof in the fall while leaves are still falling. The leaves could be damaging later in the season.
"Definitely keep your gutters clean. Ice will tend to back up if they are full of debris and leaves or anything like that. Ice will back up and get underneath your shingles and if you don't have proper protections the ice and water underneath your shingles will damage your roof" Troxel said.
Troxel says there is another threat to your home and it comes from outside. Outdoor animals can damage your insulation.
"Animals will get in there and just tear your insulation all up and then you don't don't have any anymore" he says.
Experts say heat can escape from anywhere in the home. They say not only to check your roof but your walls as well.