Christina’s Household Hints: Winterizing Your Home

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Winter is here and the temperatures are going down and the utility bills are going up! Here are a few tips to winterize your home and keep comfortable this winter.

1. Run fans in reverse 

Running your ceiling fans in reverse takes all the warm air up at the ceiling and circulates it back down.

2. Insulate your pipes

Insulating the pipes will help to keep the pipes from freezing and help to keep the hot water pipes warm so the hot water heater doesn’t have to work as hard.  Most hardware stores sell pre-cut foam tube you can measure and place over the exposed pipes.

3. Clean the gutter

Removing leafs and debris from the gutter allows rain and snow water to exit properly.

4. Check smoke alarms

This is a good time of year to make sure all your smoke alarms have batteries and are working properly.  Also not a bad idea to add a carbon-monoxide detector.

5. Make a draft snake

A draft snake is a fabric tube filled with dry rice, lentils, or sand that you can place in front of a breezy door.  Try repurposing old flannel shirt sleeves or pajamas for the fabric. As an added bonus, making the draft snake is a fun winterizing project for the kiddos, too.

With your house all ready for winter, it’s time to enjoy the magic of the season. Stay warm and Happy Holidays!