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Home Guide

Lowes winter season guide for homeowners – Here’s what they recommend:

Attic Crawlspace

Attic/Crawlspace

As a general rule, if a home has less than 11 to 12 inches of insulation in the attic or crawlspace, it could
probably use more. Use batt or blown insulation for best results. Check with a Lowe’s expert to determine the proper R-value of insulation for your home.

Fireplace

Fireplace

Make sure the damper closes as tightly as possible when a fire is not burning to minimize heat loss.

Furnace Filters

Furnace Filters

Change forced air heating system air filters monthly. Make a clean break into winter with a fresh filter instead of using last year’s used goods.

Hot Water Heater

Water Heater & Hot Water Pipes

Conserve heat and energy by swaddling your water heater with an insulation blanket kit or faced
fiberglass insulation. Insulate hot water pipes with preformed foam pipe insulation sleeves if they pass through an unheated area or run under your home.

Air Registers, Baseboard Heaters & Radiators

Air Registers, Baseboard Heaters & Radiators

Regularly dusting off these heat sources will improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Windows

Windows

Seal leaks, cracks, openings in the home, remove screens and install storm windows.

Draft-prone Areas

Draft-prone Areas

Zip up your home’s winter coat by caulking, sealing and weatherstripping around all seams, cracks and openings. Pay special attention around windows and where siding or bricks and wood trim meet. Seal areas near electrical boxes and plumbing penetrations as well.

Ductwork

Ductwork

Look for cracks or air leaks in ductwork and use duct tape to seal them. Improve indoor air quality.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fans

To save energy during colder weather, activate the reverse setting on your ceiling fans to circulate hot air that rises to the ceiling and blow it back down.

Maintain your lawn and garden

Cool-season Grasses

Cool-season Grasses

Fertilize grasses such as ryegrass, fescue, and bluegrass in or before early November.

Leaves

Leaves

Rake and remove leaves left on the lawn to discourage disease.

Hoses, Outdoor Faucets & Sprinkler Systems

Hoses, Outdoor Faucets & Sprinkler Systems

Drain before season’s first freeze.

Bulbs

Bulbs

Plant hardy bulbs in milder climates in the earlier part of November.

Push Mower, Outdoor Power Equipment

Push Mower, Outdoor Power Equipment

Perform annual maintenance before storing.

Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders

Regularly clean and refill feeders for winter’s feathered friends.

Vegetable & Perennial Beds

Vegetable & Perennial Beds

Clean and prepare beds for next season’s planting.

Lawn & Garden Equipment, Patio Furniture

Lawn & Garden Equipment, Patio Furniture

Store to avoid harsh winter elements.

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