a piece of advice that you might wish to acknowledge:
faucets must not have hoses attached this time of the
year. Otherwise, they freeze, as a veteran home builder
once told me, based on complaints he had received from
the hose, drain the water from it, and store it in the
garage or basement. To be on the safe side, shut off the
water to the faucet if you can.
to the meat and potatoes of todayís column: some
winterizing tips, via Sears Home Services.
of this, of course, is what Iíve told you over the
years, but just in case you donít believe me:
your pipes, which will reduce heat loss and can raise
water temperature two to four degrees, according to the
U.S. Department of Energy.
allows you to lower your water-temperature setting and
decreases the wait time for hot water when you turn on a
faucet or showerhead, which also helps conserve water.
also can decrease the chance of pipes freezing,
especially the ones in the basement that are against the
to see whether your pipes are warm to the touch. If they
are, be ready to insulate. You can get pre-slit pipe
foam at most hardware stores. You will want to cut it to
size and fasten it in place with duct tape.
those drafts. Throughout the winter, cold air can
trickle in underneath your doors while warm air escapes.
The solution: a draft snake, one of the easiest ways to
save on energy. By rolling up a towel or buying one of
these snakes, you can keep the cold air out.
your fans, one of the most controversial bits of advice
in my years of writing this column.
fans are a staple when trying to cool down in the
summer, but they can also provide comfort in the winter.
colder months, switch the direction of the fans, so the
blades rotate clockwise and run at a low speed.
will cause the room air to rise gently toward the
ceiling, forcing warm air down and throughout the room.
as some of you have argued in the past, maybe not.