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Every homeowner knows that when the winter arrives they have to prepare their houses for the cold weather. Here are some winter home maintenance tips that will help you prepare for the snowy conditions and freezing temperatures of the season. Make Sure your Heating System is Working Correctly To ensure that your winter goes smoothly, ensure that your heating system is operating well before the really cold months roll around. You must make sure your heating system is ready to take on the winter. Get it inspected early in August and no later than October. Your family should not have…

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Some parts of the country get downright blustery in the winter months. When its single-digit temperatures outside, keeping warm is a means of survival. There are ways that you can stay toasty, reduce your utility bills, and survive the most brutal months of the year. Here are some tips to follow. Layer Up – Pile On Those Clothes The more clothes you have on, the more you can retain body heat. Some materials do better in the winter months than others. Articles of clothing that have wicking feel good next to the skin. You want to keep your body warm…

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If you’re like most people, then you probably love a good cup of coffee in the morning. Typically, the grounds left over after we brew a pot of coffee are considered waste, so we throw them away without a second thought. Did you know, however, that these grounds can actually be saved and used for several purposes around your home? Below, we have compiled a list of creative ways to use old coffee grounds so that you can get as much use as possible out of something you would have otherwise just thrown away! Use Them as an Odor Neutralizer…

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Energy costs make up a significant part of household expenses. In many areas of the country, home heating costs rise every year, putting additional strain on monthly budgeting. A few simple actions can help to contain your home heating bills. In many cases, you can do the energy-saving tasks yourself. Here are a few recommended tips for lowering your heating bill this winter. Change Your Furnace Filter Regularly One of the simplest measures you can take to lower your heating bills is to change your furnace filter on a regular basis. This filter is an important part of your system…

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People entertain during the year for various reasons. However, the winter holidays are special. Everyone wants their home to look its best for their guests. Most holiday home improvement is cosmetic rather than structural. Here are some holiday home improvement ideas for your celebrations that won’t break the bank. Front Door Guests will see the front door before they see your new home improvements. You’d have a good idea if you painted it. It would give the outside of the house a fresh, new look as well as being attractive to whomever knocks on it. While you’re at it, buy…

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Winter is here, and with it comes chilly temperatures and a desire to be inside curled up in a blanket sipping on a warm drink. To ensure that your house is comfortable, you’ve probably turned on your heater and are letting the warm air circulate through your space. Make sure when it’s time to heat your home, you’re doing it the best way you can. If you’re like most Americans, then heating your home during the winter accounts for almost half of your utility bills. This can be a lot of money. More than likely, your heater is also being…

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As a homeowner, you probably understand the importance of taking good care of your roof. After all, your roof serves as a barrier of protection between your home and the elements. Keeping your roof in good condition helps you avoid serious damage to your home and can help you preserve your home’s value. Plus, replacing your roof can be very expensive, so you probably want to take good care of your roof so that you will not have to replace it anytime soon. If you don’t know much about this topic, you might not really know where to begin. But…

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Keeping your firewood dry and ready to use throughout the winter months is essential to ensuring you have access to wood that will burn properly and keep you warm. Additionally, since firewood costs a lot of money, it is important to protect your investment and store firewood in the best way you can. 1. Storage Determining the best place to store your firewood is important as this will protect your investment as well as your home. When deciding where to store your firewood, you should choose a place that has the appropriate amount of space that will allow you to…

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Homeowners living in warm, southern climes won’t be winterizing their sprinkler systems. However, if you live in an area with a colder winter then you should winterize your sprinkler system to prevent freezing of the pipes and the damages it could possibly cause. While preparing sprinkler systems for winter weather will cost a few bucks, repairing the damages caused by not doing do will cost even more. What does this winterizing entail? Necessary Equipment Homeowners who aren’t familiar with their sprinkler system’s specific parts might want to hire a professional in order to avoid breaking something that they’ll later have…

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One of the most important things to have as winter approaches is a furnace that is in good condition and ready to provide reliable service on the coldest days of the year. Poor maintenance can lead to breakdowns that leave the house dangerously cold for people, pets, and pipes. Too many homeowners think that preparing the furnace for winter is just a matter of switching the system from “cool” to “heat”, but there are a number of steps involved in checking out your system and determining that it is really prepared for what is ahead. These easy actions will help…

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