Lets start outside. Use your hose to water heavily any new shrubs or
trees you put in this year and mulch over the shrubs and any bulbs you have. The winter
makes trees and shrubs relatively dormant but its a dry period of time for perennial
plants and trees. Extra water will keep them healthy over the winter.
Now take a trip to the furnace with a brand new filter. You should buy a
filter that matches the specifications of your furnace exactly. The old filter should be
somewhere near the air inlet, although that varies depending on the furnace. Remove the
old, dusty filter and slide in the new filter, paying attention to the markings on the
filter that point in the direction of airflow. Read the packaging material as to how many
months your filter should last. If it says a month, change it again in a month.
Check out all your windows, especially those in areas youll be
spending a lot of time in. Feel along the edges for any breezes or cool air coming
through. Check the window panes for condensation or frost on the inside. Check for breezes
around exterior doors as well.
Windows that form condensate, form frost over, or around which you can
feel a breeze need to be treated with weatherizing plastic. You can buy kits with enough
plastic per box for a couple of windows. When you open the package, there should be some
clear cellophane in a single sheet and some double-sided tape.
Tape around the window with double-sided tape and apply the cellophane
as tightly as possible over the window. Trim off excess and use a hairdryer to further
tighten the cellophane so there are no wrinkles or defects. Repeat for all windows you
With doors that leak beneath them, purchase or make a cloth tube filled
with plastic pellets. The tubes should have a diameter of around 4-5 inches. Set them up
against the door to keep the draft out.
Save money and have a
warm and toasty winter!