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    Home Guide


    Lowes winter season guide for homeowners:

    Here’s what they recommend:

    Attic/crawlspace — As a general rule, if a home
    has less than 11 to 12 inches of insulation in the attic or crawlspace, it could
    probably use more. Use batt or blown insulation for best results. Check with a
    Lowe’s expert to determine the proper R-value of insulation for your

    Water heater and hot water pipes — Conserve heat and energy
    by swaddling your water heater with an insulation blanket kit or faced
    fiberglass insulation. Insulate hot water pipes with preformed foam pipe
    insulation sleeves if they pass through an unheated area or run under your

    Seal leaks, cracks, openings in the home
    Windows —
    Remove screens and install storm windows.

    Fireplace — Make sure the damper closes as tightly as possible when a fire is not burning to minimize
    heat loss.

    Draft-prone areas — Zip up your home’s winter coat by
    caulking, sealing and weatherstripping around all seams, cracks and openings.
    Pay special attention around windows and where siding or bricks and wood trim
    meet. Seal areas near electrical boxes and plumbing penetrations as

    Ductwork — Look for cracks or air leaks in ductwork and use
    duct tape to seal them.

    Improve indoor air quality

    Furnace filters — Change forced air heating system air filters monthly. Make a
    clean break into winter with a fresh filter instead of using last year’s used

    Air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators — Regularly
    dusting off these heat sources will improve the energy efficiency of your

    Ceiling fans — To save energy during colder weather,
    activate the reverse setting on your ceiling fans to circulate hot air that
    rises to the ceiling and blow it back down.

    Maintain your lawn and garden

    Cool-season grasses — Fertilize grasses such as ryegrass,
    fescue, and bluegrass in or before early November.

    Bulbs — Plant hardy bulbs in milder climates in the earlier part of

    Vegetable and perennial beds — Clean and prepare beds
    for next season’s planting.

    Leaves — Rake and remove leaves left
    on the lawn to discourage disease.

    Push mower, outdoor power equipment
    Perform annual maintenance before storing.

    Lawn and garden equipment, patio furniture — Store to avoid harsh winter

    Hoses, outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems — Drain
    before season’s first freeze.

    Bird feeders — Regularly clean and
    refill feeders for winter’s feathered friends.


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