Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Easy ways to warm up and protect your Keller home this winter

Cooler temperatures are on the horizon and now is your last chance to begin checking items off your seasonal to-do list. Complete simple projects so you can be ready to enjoy your Keller home this winter season.

Add some pizzazz with paint
Cool but not freezing temperatures can provide a window of opportunity for the perfect painting weather, especially if you're looking for a simple weekend project that provides instant results. These mild temperatures allow you to open windows and circulate fresh air while applying new color to your walls. Select bright shades for interior spaces to fend off the approaching winter blues.

Space warming tricks
Now that you’ve warmed up your space with color, you can focus on preparing the rest of your home for the winter. Flip your ceiling fan blades so they run counterclockwise – which will push warmer air down to instantly heat up the room. A fast fix to keep cold air out and warmer air in is to install weather stripping on your doors and windows. Regulate the temperature of your Keller home by adding area rugs for extra layers of insulation, especially if you have wood floors. Make sure you’re not left out in the cold by scheduling a furnace checkup to ensure everything’s running properly. You’ll thank yourself later for not waiting until it breaks during a snowstorm to have it fixed. If your home has a fireplace and chimney, hire a professional chimney sweep to remove any debris that could potentially ignite and wreak havoc on your home during the months ahead.

Outside guide
Even though much of your time will be spent indoors during cold months, it’s important to remember your outdoor obligations. Winterize any pipes that are exposed to outdoor temperatures and turn off the water to exterior faucets. Be sure to disconnect all hoses and spigots and drain all remaining water from the pipes, as leftover water can freeze and cause the pipes to burst. Cover grills and air conditioning units, and store outdoor furniture, umbrellas and cushions in a shed, garage or covered area to prevent rust and damage from the elements. Thoroughly clean gutters, give your lawn a final mowing and fertilize and prune your flowers just before the temperatures drop to an uncomfortable level. This will minimize the work that needs to be done when the ground thaws in spring. By taking the proper precautions and completing these seasonal projects now, you’ll save time and money, all while keeping your Keller home well-maintained and looking great heading into the months ahead.

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