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 home.

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 home. 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
well.

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
goods.

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

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
November.

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 elements.

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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