Home Winterizing Misconceptions…Some Tips

Smoke detector (file).
Smoke detector (file).

It is that time of year again, where we start getting our homes ready for the long winter.  Lots of people have already made a “to do” list to get ready, but take a look below to make sure you are doing some of them correctly.

Do you think keeping your grass extra long in the winter is a good thing?  Well, keeping the grass too long is not a good thing, since long grass can trap moisture which can lead to mold and fungus. Keeping the grass too short, though, will cause the opposite problem and dry your grass out and possibly burn it in the winter sun.

You might think the only way to clean your gutters is to get up on a ladder, but thanks to garden hose attachments, you can avoid climbing up on the roof completely!

Replacing the battery in your carbon monoxide detector or smoke alarm every 6 months will assure it stays fully functional. False! All detectors have a shelf life and many are as little as 5 years.

And speaking of smoke detector, did you know that the button on your smoke detector is actually just a speaker test and doesn’t test the functionality of your detector. Now you can check it by taking a recently died out match and putting it near the sensor but it’s better to replace them every 5 to 10 years.

Turning the shutoff valve to outside faucet will help keep your pipe from freezing, but if you don’t go back outside and open up the tap, you risk having the leftover water freeze in the pipe!

Alright here is a misconception…turning the heat up in your house is the only way to make yourself feel warmer. Well believe it or not, you can mentally trick yourself into thinking it’s warmer in your house by changing your throw pillows or area rugs to warmer colors like red, orange, and yellow. It will help make you feel warmer without putting the temperature up.

Tree trimming might be something you think of doing in the summer, but don’t forget…snow and ice weigh more than leaves so get it taken care of before the winter.

Before you know it, it will look just like this outside, and you know to tune up your snowblower every year but DO NOT WAIT until snow is in the forecast, do it now in case you need replacement parts.

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