6 Fast Fixes for January
Get ahead of household problems for the new year with these easy upgrades
Give Heaters a HandPhoto by Dan Duchars/GAP Interiors
Make sure heat vents, registers, and radiators are free of obstructions for optimal comfort and efficiency.
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Upgrade any appliances this season? Gather the warranties and receipts and start a binder, making sure to include each item’s serial number.
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To protect plumbing that runs through an exterior wall, let faucets drip or run at a trickle to keep water flowing (rather than freezing) when temps dip below 32°.
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They’re probably angled over the driveway, but positioning them over potential hiding spots, like recesses and shrubs, can help discourage prowlers.
Keep Rooms CozyPhoto by Ryan Benyi
In rooms where you spend the most time, add rubber sweeps to interior doors to trap heat.