By The 5's: Activities & Chores For Winter

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WFMY -- Winter is rapidly approaching, and colder temperatures are on the way!

Here are a few lists to prepare you for the Winter.

Five Maintenance Tips For Your Home (by Kiplinger):

  1. Reverse your ceiling fans. After you turn on  your heat, use your fan's reverse switch (if available) to run the blades in a clockwise direction. Energy Star says the reversed pattern will cause an updraft, pushing down heated air from the ceiling (hot air rises).
  2. Mulch leaves when you mow. Instead of raking your leaves, mow them! Studies from the Universities of Michigan and Purdue say that dime sized pieces of leaves from your lawnmower will decompose and nourish your lawn over the winter. If your lawnmower has a bag, take it off!
  3. Turn off exterior faucets. Water in undrained pipes can freeze, causing the pipes to burn when the ice expands. Disconnect hoses, and if you don't have a frost-proof faucets, turn off the shut-off valve.
  4. Prevent ice damns. Icicles can look pretty, but they sure are dangerous and can damage your home. When they melt the water can back up and flow into your house. Contact a home-energy auditor or weatherization contractor to assess possible hazards. 
  5. Hit the roof. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles. Be sure to check for breaks in seals around vent stacks and chimneys.
Five Activities To Make Your Fall/Winter More Exciting:
  1. Get outside. North Carolina has some of the most diverse landscapes in the country. Go to the mountains or your local park for a good hike and enjoy the scenery. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is particularly scenic this time of year.
  2. Go to a NC vineyard. North Carolina is gaining recognition for its wine country. The Triad's Yadkin Valley has some of the best vineyards in the state!
  3. Make a reading list. Whether you prefer reading digital or physical books, a good read is essential for a bad weather day. Read a classic, learn about historical figures, check out a how-to book.
  4. Cozy up to a fire and hot cocoa. They'll warm the soul! Bonus points for outdoor fire pits. Double bonus points for reading a book while you do it!
  5. Learn a new skill like photography. Capture all these moments in the list above! Share albums with your friends and family, they'll make great holiday gifts. It's a great indoor/outdoor skill. Not a shutterbug? Find a new hobby that interests you and run with it!
Five Facts About Winter (more than it gets cold):
  1. The sun isn't as high. That's the reason the days aren't as long and it gets cold!
  2. The air is dryer. Notice the cracks on your hands? Dry air will do that and assist you in your next sinus infection.
  3. A great time for star gazing. The dry air and the long nights make for clear skies, a great way to observe the universe above. Beware of light pollution.
  4. No big clouds. In the Winter time you won't see big cumulus clouds like the Summer. Instead you'll see smaller stratus and cirrus clouds. This is because the Jet stream is moving farther south.
  5. Weather is more difficult to predict. Seasoned meteorologists like Ed Matthews and Grant Gilmore both say that Winter is the hardest time of year to predict the weather in the Triad because you have to predict not only the chance of precipitation, but what TYPE of precipitation.

WFMY News 2/Kiplinger

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