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There's Snow Place Like Home
December 21, 2017
"Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together." ~ Unknown
With winter finally making its decision to stay, now is the time to make the most of what winter has to offer! There is something uniquely special about coming inside after building a snowman with the kids/grand kids to a cup of hot apple cider and a warm blanket. Or admiring the frosted landscapes of the Mission Valley or capturing a beautiful sunrise as the sun slowly climbs its way above the rugged, frozen Mission Peaks.
But, with all the beauty and memories that come with the season, it also comes with its share of problems and worries. I thought that I would use this opportunity to share with you a few tips on how to stay warm and prepared this winter, so you can enjoy the holiday season the way it is meant to; stress-free and confident!
Tips on Winterizing Your Home
Flush your Water Heater: Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering its efficiency and dropping its temperature.
Clockwise Ceiling Fans: Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they're going counterclockwise, they won't be as effective.
Replace Filters: Changing the filters in your central air and heating system regularly can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity.
Window Insulation Film: It may not look the best, but window insulation film can keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of windows.
Draft Guards: These can help save heat from escaping under the door. They cost $10-$15 but if you can’t afford one, rolling a towel at the base of your door can also help.
Weather-strip Tape: Drafts and air leaks increase your heating costs so make sure your windows and doors are sealed tight with weather-stripping.
Caulking: Any gaps in your siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation.
Chimney Balloon: Your chimney is a huge source of heat loss come wintertime. If not in active use, plug it with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and heat in.
I would also like to add that you should always keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times but especially during th
e winter months! It should include the following items: Jumper cables, first-aid kit, reflective warning triangles, a small fire extinguisher, tire gauge, a can of tire sealant, a flashlight with extra batteries, rags, duct tape, tow straps, utility tool, non-perishable snacks, a warm blanket, a snow shovel, and cat litter. These basic items can be lifesavers if the occasion calls for it.