The handywoman’s quick prep guide for winterizing your home

Today we welcome a guest post from Tina for DIY Mother.

5 quick tips for proactive winter home maintenance

Attention handywomen of all sorts! November is here, and that means December follows and the cold, bitter cold is on the way!

Now as a woman, you know that it’s important to be proactive when it comes to protecting your home from the elements. That’s why you probably already have a checklist for winterizing your home while the temperatures are still rather temperate and bright. However, more and more women are buying homes for the first time on their own so this article is meant to make a handywoman out all female homeowners—even if you don’t have experience—by providing tips to help you plug leaks, protect your pipes, and save on energy costs this winter.

Here is a quick handywoman’s prep guide for winterizing your home:

1. Put your thermostat on a program

The easiest way to cut down the heating costs you’ll pay this winter—and to give your furnace a break is to program your thermostat. Think of it this way, why do you need to heat your home on high when you’re at work? The idea is to proactively extend the life of your furnace by giving it a much needed break during the day and in the middle of the night. By doing so, you’ll not only lower your heating bills; you’ll also lower the effort of your furnace from pumping out heat when it’s not needed. So start by programming your thermostat to a lower setting when you’re not at home (i.e., when you’re at work and when you’re sleeping) and program it higher when you need it (i.e., an hour before you go to bed and an hour before you wake up).

2. Prevent pipes from cracking and bursting

One of the most important winter home maintenance steps that you can take is to protect your exterior pipes from bursting. Damaged plumbing is a huge drain on the finances and you can easily prevent it just by shutting off exterior water sources and wrapping any pipes leading out of your home in rags or plastic to protect them from freezing and cracking.

3. Give your water heater some love

A broken water heater can be a nightmare in the dead of winter—especially considering it heats the water in your home and can create a damaging mess if it bursts all over your basement floor. To prevent a disaster, be sure to give your water heater the proper attention by checking the unit to ensure it’s working properly and not overheating. The last thing you want is a pricey water heater replacement bill on your hands.

4. Plug leaky windows and doors

In the cold winter months you want to keep as much warm air in and as much cold air out as possible—otherwise you’ll find your heating bills will soar. As a proactive measure, do a walk around the exterior of your home and re-caulk damaged or cracked areas around your window sills, door frames and electrical outlets leading outside. A few tubes of caulk and weather-stripping are really cheap when you consider the cost of how much it will save you in heating costs and heat retained inside your home.

5. Get a new furnace filter

Another cheap way to prevent your family from cranking the thermostat in the dead of winter is to ensure your furnace is running at prime efficiency. All you need to do is swap your old furnace filter for a clean, new one. Trust me; when you take the old one out and see all the dirt and grime, you’ll know why your furnace was working harder than it should be. A new filter will also protect your house and its occupants against the risk of a fire. Plus your home will use less energy to heat and stay warmer inside due to this inexpensive, proactive measure.

About The Author

Tina is a registered nurse and DIY home improvement maven who has written and blogger for DIY Mother as well as numerous print and online publications ranging in topics from education to health and from home renovations to interior decorating.

Thanks Tina for these helpful tips to prepare for the cold winter weather. Do you leave these chores for your husband or do them yourself?

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great tips, Debra! I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!

    Karen
    Idaho

  2. Well, I see you have MY work cut out for ME! I have a hands-off hubby….but he can can talk- xo Diana

  3. You’ve met my husband! I’ll take care of these tidbits!

Speak Your Mind

*

click here,union-news.co.uk,where to buy viagra in cape town,click here,click here,union-news.co.uk,superbowl porn video,sildenafil 100 mg precio peru,free video porn sample,link,medical fetish porn video,teddy lingerie porn,generic amlodipine besylate 5mg,click here,union-news.co.uk,vergen porn videos,sharapova fake porn,free high quality porn solo,buy lisinopril hctz,click here,myspace porn king,sale bianco di cipro,tiava free porn movies,click here,price of fosamax,mygay porn,buy clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream usp 1 005,link,porn movies gay,union-news.co.uk,union-news.co.uk,chubby tits,0s porn stars,link,click here,link,paracetamol 325 mg tramadol,union-news.co.uk,click here,generic warfarin vs coumadin,click here,natural alternative to pamelor,teen with daddy animal sex,link,gsy black porn,canada lipitor,link,union-news.co.uk,keezy porn,union-news.co.uk,how many mg of caffeine are in a rockstar,indian porn free websites,omeprazole 20 mg over the counter boots,click here,union-news.co.uk,free joslyn porn,link,voltaren gel canada buy,click here,lynoral tablet 001mg,twelve fifteen porn,union-news.co.uk,teen amateure porn,generic form of effexor,homemade porn amatuer indian,union-news.co.uk,seniors iin porn,hot porn girls pictures,click here,blowjob dildo,hardcore full lenght porn,john r lee natural progesterone,teen fourteen porn,union-news.co.uk,estradiol 1 mg noretisterona,free streaming of onion booty porn,porn star sites,perfect anal sex babe,where can i get porn password,she males in pantyhose sex,link,big tits porn mobile,anmil porn,click here,lipitor generic pills,good lesbo porn sites,click here,teen amateur blonde fuck,dita von teese lesbian porn video,free ankle porn,click here,zoey deschannel free porn,safe porn sites like you porn,link,foods rich in natural progesterone,union-news.co.uk,fuck quick,union-news.co.uk,young and old porn tubes,link,link,hairy mature streaming porn,what is generic viagra safe,kamagra online eu,animal porn sex tube,girls watching porn books,young petite teen porn,can ibuprofen 800 mg make you sleepy,free home video porn voyeue stolen,union-news.co.uk,cefpodoxime brand names,zantac prescription vs over the counter,buckeey porn video,jeddah porn,price of augmentin 500mg,union-news.co.uk,click here,lasix 40 mg posologie,click here,latina big boobs,lioresal 10 mg tabl,union-news.co.uk,click here,union-news.co.uk,fast furious porn,nyuu porn,porn star tube,torture chair porn tube,click here,drug interactions between benadryl and zyrtec,bend me over 3 porn,amature porn video post,hentai gallery hentai porn,aricept cost 30 day supply,click here,link,falsh porn indian school,click here,union-news.co.uk,union-news.co.uk,hispanic porn naughty america,union-news.co.uk,click here,russian dirty porn young,click here,youtube like porn site,nexium 40 mg vs dexilant 60 mg,casper the ghost porn,link,famous female black porn star,porn women with mikl in breast,drug interactions imitrex vicodin,porn big diks,buy nizoral 2 percent shampoo,best reality porn,where to buy garcinia cambogia extract in india,military porn pass,generic viagra in malaysia,bisexual porn trailers free,best porn vidz,free porn indian vids,young porn moview,teen getting anal sex,katelin porn pics,free gay russian porn,bekah porn,union-news.co.uk,young fucking porn,buy 200 mg metronidazole,link,union-news.co.uk,tizanidine 4 mg dr reddy,hot sexy cute girls,teen lesbian porn picture galleries,buy clomid in usa,click here,union-news.co.uk,how many mg of diphenhydramine in zzzquil,link,live yasmin porn cam,fat girl stockings,jesse james's porn star ex-wife,union-news.co.uk,blow job hustler,click here,chinese women on porn,porn tube nigger porn,simvastatin 40 mg price cvs,link,video teeny gorl porn,link,link,free download film porn,link,link,link,union-news.co.uk,union-news.co.uk,click here,eskimo gay porn,