Home Guide

Some Maintenance Tips To Help You Care For Your Home

Lowes winter season guide for homeowners:

As a general rule, if a home has less than 11 to 12 inches of insulation in the attic or
crawlspace, it could probably use more. Use batt or blown insulation for best results.

Water heater and hot water pipes
Conserve heat and energy by swaddling your water heater with an insulation blanket kit or faced fiberglass
insulation. Insulate hot water pipes with preformed  foam  pipe insulation sleeves if they pass through an
unheated area or run under your home.  Seal leaks, cracks, openings in the home.

Remove screens and install storm windows.

Make sure the damper closes as tightly as possible when a fire is not burning to minimize heat loss.

Draft-prone areas
Zip up your home’s winter coat by caulking, sealing and weatherstripping around all seams, cracks
and openings. Pay special attention around windows and where  siding or bricks and wood trim meet.
Seal areas near electrical boxes and plumbing penetrations as well.

Look for cracks or air leaks in ductwork and use duct tape to seal them.

Furnace filters
Change forced air heating system air filters monthly. Make a clean break into
winter with a fresh filter instead of using last year’s used goods.

Air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators
Regularly dusting off these heat sources will improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Ceiling fans
To save energy during colder weather, activate the reverse setting on your ceiling fans to
circulate hot air that rises to the ceiling and blow it back down.

Cool-season grasses
Fertilize grasses such as rye grass, fescue, and bluegrass in or before early November.

Plant hardy bulbs in milder climates in the earlier part of November.

Vegetable and perennial beds
Clean and prepare beds for next season’s planting.

Rake and remove leaves left on the lawn to discourage disease.

Hoses, outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems
Drain before season’s first freeze.

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