not a farmer, but the Farmerís Almanac is suggesting
that this winter might be worse than the last one.
at the almanacís map, the Philadelphia area falls into
the "crisp and very stormy" category, whatever
still saving for a portable generator myself.
even if we donít get another round of tree-snapping
ice and power outages, with colder weather generally
come higher energy bills. Windows and doors can be big
sources of heat loss.
skimp on weather stripping. If you have particularly
leaky windows, you may want to use a plastic cover that
shrinks onto the windows ó itís less unsightly and
damaging than stapling plastic to the frame.
decide where to install weather stripping, try the
candle test. Light a candle and move it around the
window or door on a windy day. Note where the candle
flickers, and thatís where the weather stripping goes.
sure your windows have no cracked or broken panes.
extract a broken pane, remove the putty and glazing
points, then have a piece of glass cut to fit, replace
the points, and reglaze.
a routine maintenance and inspection done of your
heating system, to make sure it is in good working
your heaterís air filter, as recommended by the
manufacturer. Your heating system will work less hard,
use less energy and last longer as a result.
homeowners can replace filters and do such simple tasks
as cleaning and removing dust from vents or along
your heating system is old, you might consider updating
it with one of the more efficient newer models.
costly problems associated with winter result from the
accumulation of ice and snow on roofs.
dams form, which often lead to leaks that damage drywall
or plaster ceilings and walls inside.
your roof has a tendency to develop such dams, you might
need professional advice on how to prevent them.
time to get the roofer and the furnace service person in
for visits is now, not in early January.
who hesitates is cold and wet.