Category Archives for "Winterization"

Free Tip Friday – December 29, 2017

Being comfortable in our homes is so important.  Who wants to spend time in a room, or an entire level of a home, that is less inviting than the rest?

When the really cold temps take hold and single digits are the high, a few colder spots in a home are somewhat unavoidable.  Unfortunately, if you have a two-story home, you may be dealing with an entire level that is less than comfortable.  

We happen to live in a 1970’s era two-story home, and the basement can be a bit chilly. However, we have found that making a few minor adjustments to the furnace output in the cold winter months can make a significant difference in our comfort level.

Simply closing down a few registers on the upper level of our home, and making sure that the lower level registers are wide open, makes a big difference! The hot air is going to rise throughout the home, so why not make that work for us?

Such a simple thing.  But simple does not mean unimportant.  Comfort in our homes is important!

A word of caution though:  don’t close down too many registers – the increased pressure on the furnace can cause the fan to work harder, and burnout sooner.Read more...

How to save $1K or more this winter

As a kid, I always loved those “spot the difference” pics in the newspaper and HighLights magazine (dating myself a bit there, huh?). Here’s one for you that might seem simple at first; but be careful, it might not jump out at you. Can you spot the difference?

Hose BeforeHose After

OK – this one takes a bit, but if you focus right below the faucet, and squint just right, you’ll begin to see a thousand dollar invoice from a restoration or repair company in your area.  I know – you think that’s just a hose attached to a faucet, but if that hose stays connected this winter, the water in the hose and faucet likely will freeze. If that happens, and the pipe breaks inside the wall of your home, and you happen to not be there when it does – yep, that might just be a thousand dollars (or more!) flying out of your pocket.  And have you ever noticed?  These kind of things always happen at the worst time. Right when you “really don’t need this!”

This one’s easy – remember the photo without the hose attached, and make sure your home looks the same, BEFORE the first freeze this winter!… Read more...