Winterizing your home (not your average list)

| Monday, November 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

It could be a cold winter…are you prepared? Here’s another top 10 list brought to you by Cara in the House:

  1. Check the furnace. Without that your house will be very, very cold. Make sure it works BEFORE winter arrives. Have it serviced…its about $100.
  2. After you check your furnace, replace the filter. They are literally the same price as a cup of coffee.
  3. Consider a programmable thermostat. Your house doesn’t need to be a balmy 78 degrees when nobody is home.
  4. Clean the gutters. I’ve never seen a home in my entire life that doesn’t have some sort of debris in the gutters. However, I’m not in the practice of checking gutters in parts of Arizona where leaves are not in abundance.
  5. Check your chimney. There might be a bird’s nest in there or some tennis balls from the neighbor kids playing chimney basketball.
  6. Replace your smoke detector batteries. Plus who wants to hear that annoying chirping sound they make when the batteries are low (please refer to last week’s Modern Family episode.)
  7. Disconnect your hoses and wrap your pipes. Yes this means no access to a hose through the winter so if you are one of those obsessive clean car types there are plenty of car washes around.
  8. Reverse your ceiling fan. Huh? I know, this was news to me too. “By reversing its direction from the summer operation, the fan will push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, keeping you more comfortable. (Here’s how you know the fan is ready for winter: As you look up, the blades should be turning clockwise.)”
  9. Block drafts. Ever wonder what that long stuffed snake at IKEA is for? It’s to put on the ground inside your front door to block drafts. Those IKEA folks are pretty crafty aren’t they?
  10. If you are lucky enough to have a sprinkler system, have it drained and flushed. If you’ve spent the money to install one you don’t want it to freeze and get ruined. Then you’d have to go back to the old school method of setting a timer and changing the sprinkler around your yard every 15 minutes in the dead of summer.

I hope this has helped or at least made you chuckle.

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One Comment

  1. Ginger says:

    #9 — thank you! you just gave me permission to buy one of those draft blocker-things. I’ve always wanted one–I’m NOT kidding…

    and, off to call the furnace man.

    Ginger

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