One of my biggest fears next to the taking the car to the shop and bracing myself for the cost of repairs is the dread that something major will go wrong with the house. Unfortunately my prowess as a handy woman begins and ends with being very effective with a plunger. I make no qualms when it comes to plumbing trouble, electrical concerns, and more. But the costs can really add up. Your homes inner workings rely heavily upon making preparations ahead of cold or hot weather to keep everything in working order.
This fall and winter, you’ll need to make sure your doors and windows are going to keep cold air out in order to keep your heating bills down. In addition, insulating rarely used areas can provide you with energy savings, which will directly impact your wallet. There’s nothing wrong with relying on your husband or mate to keep things in order around the house, but just know that self sufficiency is never a bad idea.
Want to avoid common household drafts? According to Do It Yourself:
Make a low-tech “draft detector” by taping or clipping one end of a tissue to the bottom of a wire hanger. Hold the hanger by the hook and take this “instrument” to windows, air conditioning units, electric outlets and switches–if the tissue flutters, air is entering and you better fix it.
Consider insulating pipes, ducts and water heaters for maximum efficiency and minimum energy loss. It’s easily done. Take a sheet of stiff paper and if you can slide it under your doorway you’re inviting cold air, rain, dirt and insects to come right in. To remedy this, install a new door threshold which seals the opening and even improves the door’s appearance.
Words By: Sid Powell
Source: Do It Yourself