Winter has hit our town pretty hard over the last week. Not too long ago we were walking around in shorts and sandals and now we find ourselves stomping through the snow and driving carefully.
Regardless of the changing seasons there is always something to be done around the house and yard. Owning a home is a responsibility, and here are some ideas for those special winter tasks that should be considered when the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall.
WATER CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS
Water that freezes can cause major problems in your house. During the colder months frozen pipes, flooded basements or even dangerous molds can cause health concerns. Why not consider all possible water related repairs? In order to protect your home check that your gutters are not collecting leaves and ice. You might want to also look for spot damage around your home due to leaks.
THE YARD IS GOING TO SLEEP
Winter is a great time to clean away dead leaves and twigs – help your lawn’s root system receive the spring rains. This is also a good time for making sure that hoses are disconnected and outdoor faucets are covered. It is never too early to think about your spring garden by organizing your tools and ordering your seeds.
STAYING WARM AND YET BEING EFFICIENT
It is a waste to have hot air collecting just below your home’s ceiling. Think about fans that push warm air downwards. It might be time to get an energy audit from an expert to help you save on heat loss.
Another thing to consider are your filters. Most homes have some sort of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. These systems use some type of air filter or screen that traps large particles that flow through the system. These filters need to be changed at least every three months. On those days when you are stuck inside, changing these filters is an easy task that benefits the whole house. Here is a YouTube video that shows how to change your home furnace air filter.
Winter is a time when you can feel cold drafts slipping in from outside through leaky windows and old doors. There are many approaches to weatherproofing your windows – you can use snakes, long decorative fabric tubes, which are placed under a door or window. A more involved approach to weatherproofing is to use film over the windows using double sided tape. Here is more information on drafts prevention from the DIY network.
A RECIPE FOR TREATING YOURSELF AND FAMILY
With all of these activities occupying your days while stuck inside – why not treat yourself and family with some decadent mocha éclairs for all of the good work you are getting done for the winter.
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