Winter's Helpers: Enjoy a worry-free season indoors with the help of products that seal, balance and protect your home

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Though early autumn days may
still be spent outside, it won’t be long until cooler weather and winter storms
conspire to send you indoors. Before battening down the hatches, ensure a
well-sealed, comfortable, worry-free haven with the smartest solutions of the
season. You’ll continue to enjoy their benefits when warm weather returns, and
who doesn’t appreciate shaving a few tasks from the perennial honey-do list?

Though early autumn days may

still be spent outside, it won’t be long until cooler weather and winter storms

conspire to send you indoors. Before battening down the hatches, ensure a

well-sealed, comfortable, worry-free haven with the smartest solutions of the

season. You’ll continue to enjoy their benefits when warm weather returns, and

who doesn’t appreciate shaving a few tasks from the perennial honey-do list?

style='font-family:Arial'>Seal the deal

A leak here and a crack

there may not seem like a big deal, but when precious indoor warmth is using

them for escape hatches, you can be sure that your energy dollars are making

the same exit. In fact, if you added up all of the cracks and gaps hiding around

the average house, you’d wind up with an opening the size of a window!

Now’s the time to tighten up

your home’s building envelope with a sealing treatment like GE Silicone II.

Unlike acrylic-based caulking products, silicone won’t crack or shrink, and it

provides the best seal against water and the elements. Silicone also lasts a

lifetime, so you’ll only have to go through the application routine once. All

it takes is about four tubes of

href="http://www.geadvancedmaterials.com/geam/gesa/Residential/en/Products/PromotionsDetail/homesealing.html">GE

Silicone II to seal windows, doors, electrical outlets and other air

escapes around the average structure -- a minimal

investment when compared to the hundreds of energy dollars you’ll save in the

coming year. Look for GE Silicone II at your local hardware store or home

center.

style='font-family:Arial'>Maintain a comfortable

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>ind

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>oor climate

During the hot, sticky days

of summer, you know your home would be unbearable without a central air

conditioner. But during up to 40 percent of the entire year, humidity levels

can be high enough to make you feel uncomfortable even at moderate

style='font-family:Arial'>tempe

style='font-family:Arial'>ratures. Mild fall and spring days, morning and

evening hours when tempe

style='font-family:Arial'>ratures drop, and rainy, overcast conditions are just

a few of the times when your air conditioner typically won’t be in action to

help control indoor humidity.

This is where a central

dehumidifier literally comes in to provide improved comfort, health, and

protection of your home’s structure and furnishings. Aprilaire’s Model 1700

Whole-Home Dehumidifier can be added to your central heating and cooling system

to help control moisture levels whether the air conditioning is running or not.

As a result, rooms won’t feel stuffy or sticky, harmful allergens and fungi

don’t have a place to thrive, and molds and mildew won’t take up residence in

fabrics, furnishings or millwork. Learn more about home dehumidification and

other helpful HVAC add-ons at www.Aprilaire.com.

style='font-family:Arial'>Brush on beauty and water resistance

Rainy weather often reveals

the leaks and other moisture problems lurking in basement spaces, so anything

you can do now to waterproof your underground bonus area will preserve its

comfort and character. A great way to finish off a below-grade space in

water-resistant style is with

href="http://www.behr.com/behrx/act/view/products_detail?prodGroupId=118&catName=Concrete%2FMasonry+Waterproofers&catId=17">BEHR

Basement & Masonry Waterproofing Paint. Developed with

style='font-family:Arial'>Nanoguard

technology, this new surface solution uses tiny nano particles to fill the

voids created by larger ones, helping to prevent water penetration and moisture

buildup. The alkali-resistant paint formula is also super strong, withstanding

up to ten pounds of water pressure per square inch, equivalent to 22 feet of

standing water.

BEHR Basement & Masonry

Waterproofing Paint is formulated to prevent water penetration and moisture

buildup in both above- and below-grade walls, masonry

and retaining walls, cinder and concrete blocks, stucco and brick. This smooth,

fla

style='font-family:Arial'>t finish is water-based and available in 32 custom

colors and limited computer color matching selections. Look for it in both

gallon and five-gallon containers at your local Home Depot.

style='font-family:Arial'>Safe and secure shading

Window shades make for a

great year-round privacy and climate control solution, but their dangling lift

cords can be a hazard for curious children and pets. Taking that safety concern

to heart, Levolor now offers the only line of cordless Roman shades on the

market, providing a clean, uninterrupted silhouette for windows up to 144

inches wide. Adding to the convenience of the cordless lift system is an

available top down/bottom up configuration allowing you to simultaneously provide

coverage and let in natural light in such zones as bedrooms and master baths.

You can also give a room a style lift with a color, texture or traditional

stripe pattern from among Levolor’s 90 Roman shade varieties. Start designing a

safe, stylish view of the winter season with a visit to

href="http://www.levolor.com/products/roman-shades">Levolor’s

Roman shade gallery.

style='font-family:Arial'>Tune up outdoor tools before hibernation

It’s been a busy summer for

you, your lawn mower and the other accessories you use to keep your yard and

garden looking great. As your helpers head to the shed for the winter, take

time to tune them up so that they’re ready when you and your chores are next year.

A good cleaning is a start, and you can now get advice and help with more

complicated care issues through John Deere’s Ready To

Mow Mobile Maintenance. Your local Ready To Mow rep is

a factory-trained service professional who brings their “service center on

wheels” to your home or business for standard maintenance and diagnosis of

problems with lawn, commercial or hand-held outdoor power equipment. Any brand

is fair game for this 14-point maintenance and inspection service, and because

regular care has been shown to increase the life of most mechanical equipment,

Ready To Mow is a convenient way to protect the

investment you’ve made in your landscape maintenance arsenal. Get acquainted

with this service now through the dealer directory at

href="http://www.readytomow.com/">www.ReadyToMow.com

class=GramE>, and you’ll be thanking yourself come spring.

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Note:

style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>

style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Tom Kraeutler

style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> is the

href="http://journals.aol.com/tomsmoneypit/tom-kraeutlers-home-improvement-/?ncid=AOLCOMMre00CRSSextl0003">Home

Improvement Editor for AOL and host of

title="The Money Pit">The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home

improvement radio program. To find a

href="http://moneypit.where2getit.com/">local radio station, download the

show’s podcast or

sign-up for Tom’s free weekly

title="The Money Pit e-Newsletter">e-newsletter, visit the

href="http://www.moneypit.com/" title="The Money Pit">program’s website.

Read Full Story

Find a Home

Buy
Rent
Value
Powered by Zillow

People are Reading