These are the 5 things I do to get my home ready for winter!

This will save you money on energy costs!

October 28, 2019
Home in Winter

That four letter word is in the forecast this week...SNOW!

This is the time to get your home ready for Winter (before all the snow and cold weather hit).

In our house, these are 5 easy things we do to get our place ready:

1. Clean out your dryer lint vent. Dryer lint is highly flammable so you definitely do not want it to build up! Here's a video to show you how:

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2. Use food coloring to find leaks in your toilet. We once had a water bill over $600 because we had a toilet that was leaking water into the bowl and we had NO idea! That's when we were told about this trick to find a leak. Had a few drops of food coloring to your toilet's tank and then check a hour later if the water in the toilet bowl has changed color. If it has - it seems you have water leaking in to the toilet bowl and will need to have it fixed. In our case it was the toilet flapper that had to be replaced and it was a quick, inexpensive fix. Here's a video to show you how:

3. Change your air filters. This $20 filter can you save you thousands in repairs if done regularly. Depending on how efficient your AC/Furnace is and how many pets you have or occupants in your house will determine how often you should change it. We change ours about every 4-6 months. Here's another instructional video:

4. Caulk up any air leaks around windows and doors. This is so important and will help keep your home warm and will save you money on your energy bill. And make sure to check the outside of the house too! Also be sure to buy the correct TYPE of caulk and the correct COLOR. 

5. Clean your refrigerator coils - especially if you have pets that shed. It's gross to do, but necessary to allow your refrigerator run efficiently. Disconnect the unit BEFORE you attempt to clean it! Here's an instructional video:

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