Weather the Storm: Winterizing Your Home

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4 Min Quiz

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The last of the leaves are dropping from the trees, the kids are back in school and you've taken your warm sweaters out of storage. Winter's coming! Are you ready?

Windows can be a real energy sucker in most homes. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates what amount of a home's heat is lost through windows and doors?

It's no surprise that what lets your gaze out also lets heat out.

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If you use your fireplace for regular or emergency heating, how often should you have the chimney and flue inspected?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), you should get your chimney and flue inspected each year if it's used regularly.

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True or False: A plant that could easily survive the winter in the ground might die if left in a pot outside during cold months.

Potted plants are susceptible to cold because the roots aren't insulated as well as if they were in the ground.

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Windows that are installed on the outside of your existing windows and provide extra insulation are called what?

Storm windows are a great way to reduce heat loss through your windows.

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True or False: Dripping faucets can increase your chances of having frozen pipes during cold weather.

The opposite is actually true. Letting your faucets drip a little when it's cold out can help keep the pipes from freezing, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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When you're prepping your windows for winter you can use a window insulator kit. What common household device helps adhere the insulating film to your windows?

After you place the film over your windows, a hair dryer can be used to shrink it down to the perfect size, nice and snug on your windows.

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Where's the best place to put a potted plant during the winter?

Potted plants can survive the winter, but putting them in a sheltered place will protect them from the harsh weather.

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True or False: Perennial plants go dormant during the cold winter months so you don't need to water them.

Perennials take a break during the winter and start growing again in the spring, when growing conditions are right, so there's no need to water them during the winter.

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Which of the following can be used to seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors?

Use waterproof caulking to seal gaps and prevent moisture and air from leaking in.

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Detaching garden hoses from outside faucets during the winter can help prevent what?

Freezing and thawing water in cold climates can damage hoses beyond repair, so store them somewhere that's sheltered from the cold weather.

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True or False: You can bundle the branches on evergreen trees to prevent breakage during the winter.

Bundled evergreen branches better withstand harsh winds and cold and are less likely to break.

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True or False: Covering your air conditioning unit with a tarp or cover during the winter is a fire hazard.

Covering your AC can actually protect it from the weather and extend its life.

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Which pipes in your home are most susceptible to freezing?

Because cold winter air's just on the other side of the wall, pipes in walls can easily freeze if not insulated properly.

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One easy way to heat your home more efficiently is to change the direction of what common household item?

Most ceiling fans have a switch you can flip to change the direction they spin. One direction pulls heat away from your living area, the other pushes it down into the living area.

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Cleaning out your gutters before winter sets in is a good idea because it can help prevent what?

Clogged gutters can keep melted water from draining away. That water can freeze, creating an ice dam. Ice buildup on the roof can cause leaks, and also be dangerous if it falls on people below.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that storm windows can reduce heat loss through your windows by how much?

While they can't stop all heat from escaping through the glass, storm windows can do good job of making sure you don't heat the whole neighborhoodat the expense of your house.

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True or False: Home fires are more common during the winter than at any other time of year.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), winter is a common time for home fires because people aren't careful when using alternative heat sources. Make sure your smoke detectors are working and you have a fire extinguisher on hand.

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True or False: You should remove your window screens in the winter.

Screens will stay in better shape and last longer if you store them during the winter. Besides, you won't be opening your windows in the winter, so you won't need your screens.

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True or False: Since snow melts naturally, it's not necessary to remove snow from your roof.

While it won't always be a problem, especially if you don't live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall, too much snow buildup can cause damage to your roof.

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Which of the following can be applied to plants in the fall to reduce moisture loss?

Anti-transpirant products help seal in moisture in plants when the air gets dry.

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