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Why It’s Important to Clean Carpets in Winter –
Most consumers postpone carpet cleaning from about December through March, and even as late as April in other parts of the country.
The reasoning: with the ice and snow, best hold off until spring.
However, there are actually many good reasons why you should have your carpets cleaned during the winter months.
We are indoors much more during the winter months with less fresh air.
Soiled carpets can have allergens and pollutants that negatively impact indoor air quality.
Harder to clean:
The more soil buildup in carpet, the harder it is to remove. Some spots may become stains, making them very difficult-if not impossible-to remove.
Damage to the carpet:
Related to this, the longer soiling remains in carpet, the more damage it can do to carpet fibers and shorten the life expectancy of the carpet.
The winter months are often the driest time of the year; because of this, carpets often dry faster.
Flexible appointment times:
After the Holiday’s, appointments are much easier to come by, which is especially helpful should there be an emergency.
6 DIY Home Projects That Can’t Wait –
Shorter days and cooler weather make it tempting to curl up under a blanket and hibernate until spring.
It’s a good plan, but before the snow flies, cross these six home improvement projects off your list.
Clean the gutters:
The first snowfall of the season is not the time to learn that your gutters are overflowing with debris or too loose to manage the weight of the snow.
Falling leaves can create a buildup, and when it rains or eventually snows and the snow melts, the water will need a clear path to run. Making sure you have clear downspouts has the same reasoning, [so] debris does not build up.
Clean your gutters, or better yet hire a pro to tackle the job.
While you are at it, look for areas where gutters are loose and may have torn away from the house. Reattach them using gutter spikes, brackets, or hangers.
Clean, well-secured gutters are essential to protect the foundation of your home and reduce the risk of basement flooding.
Check smoke detectors:
When you change the clocks to standard time, replace the batteries in your smoke detector. Now is a wonderful time to install new batteries as you are preparing your home for cooler months.
Remember, if your alarm chirps—a sign the battery is low—replace it, no matter the time of year.
Once you’ve replaced the batteries, test the smoke detector: It’s as simple as pushing the button to make sure the alarm goes off.
Do not ignore hardwired smoke detectors; most have battery backups, and those batteries need replaced, too.
You should also replace any smoke detectors that are over 10 years old. Alarms are constantly checking the air for smoke, and after 10 years, the effectiveness of the alarm may decrease.
Hire a chimney sweep:
A chimney sweep is not just a character from Mary Poppins.
These fireplace pros remove soot and creosote that build up in the chimney and pose a fire risk.
A professional chimney sweep will clean the chimney and inspect the entire fuel venting system for warped metal on the damper, cracked or collapsed flue tiles, cracks in the exterior masonry and other signs of fire damage.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends an annual chimney inspection.
A clean chimney makes it safer to build a cozy fire in the winter; it will also make your fireplace more efficient.
A clean chimney not only helps prevent chimney fires but will also aid your
fireplace … to operate more efficiently as the smoke and other flue gases can exit the chimney more quickly.
Perform furnace maintenance:
Call in the pros before turning on the heat.
Regular maintenance ensures that your furnace runs at peak efficiency. Without semiannual maintenance (in the spring before running the air conditioner and in the fall before turning on the heat), airborne allergens may get trapped in the filters, resulting in poor indoor air quality.
Have the furnace inspected to make sure it is in good working order and change the filters before starting it up for the first time.
Furnaces not cleaned at least once a year can wear out more quickly and can stop working altogether. Soaring energy costs make it more important than ever to ensure the furnace is running efficiently.
Winterize water pipes:
Data from the Insurance Information Institute shows that 30 percent of homeowners insurance claims were related to water damage and freezing.
Make sure to drain outdoor water spigots and winterize water pipes to reduce the risk.
You can winterize water pipes by locating your hose bib shut-off valve, which may be in a basement or crawl space, and turning it off at the source.
For extra protection, purchase a Styrofoam cover that attaches over the outdoor spigots to keep them from freezing.
These quick fixes can provide protection against the elements as temperatures drop. You may also want to shut off water to exterior faucets and drain sprinkler systems for extra protection against freezing pipes and water lines.
Assess windows and doors
Heat lost through windows and doors can account for up to 35 percent of home energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
To keep heat in the house, look for cracks or gaps in the exterior caulking, check seals around exterior doors and add caulking or weather stripping as needed.
While these DIY fixes can reduce heat loss, a professional energy assessment can provide additional insights into areas where you may be losing heat and recommend fixes.
Call your utility company to ask about their services or get a recommendation for a pro.
Spending the extra time tackling these home improvement projects will help keep you warm and safe all winter long.
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