October Home Maintenance To-Do List

The Duck Brand’s Max Roll-On Window Kit creates an added barrier between the outdoor air and your home’s inside. This helps block drafts and air leaks that lead to high heating costs. (Photo courtesy of The Duck Brand)

To-Do #3: Fight Drafts with Storm Windows or Insulation

October may still be warm enough to have your windows open, but it’s already time to begin thinking about the cold weather ahead. Early fall is a great time to install storm windows and reap the benefits of lower heating costs this winter.

In colder climates, storm windows on single-pane glass can reduce heat loss through the window by 25% to 50% and lower your heating costs by as much as 13%! And the savings jump to 20% if the storm windows have a low-E coating.

If your home already has storm windows, this is a great time to clean and close them. Removable screens can be taken down, scrubbed, and put away until spring. While it’s not necessary to remove screens in winter, the added light can help brighten your house on dark winter days.

If storm windows aren’t an option for you, an alternative is to seal out cold drafts using plastic window insulation kits. These are applied over the inside of the window with self-adhesive tape. A warm hair dryer is then used to heat and shrink the plastic to make it tight and nearly invisible.


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  • Ann S. Says:
    October 3rd, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We have gutters that leak every where. Tried the spray on stuff to stop the leaks. Still leaks..any suggestions???

  • Marie Says:
    October 1st, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I want to add insulation in my attic. My house was built in 1994, and has blown in insulation, which has compacted. I want to put in Roxul, but do I need to remove the blown in first, or can I lay it on top?

  • gordon L Says:
    October 1st, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    any suggestion(s) in removing a single knob/ handle shower cartridge that leaks. I have sprayed threaded area and have even headed the cover which encases the cartridge with a torch and still cannot break it free to remove the cartridge. I did not want to put too much torque on the housing which could break the water supply line(s). I have use the rust catalyst spray PB which supposedly helps free rusted metal parts w/ no success.

  • Timothy J Sabo Says:
    October 1st, 2016 at 3:45 pm


    We love your show. Nice commercial (Nutri-system) Allen! Anyway, one thing we are sure to do at this time of year is to replace the batteries in our thermostats (digital versions). As it is starting to get cold at night, furnaces will not come on if the batteries in the thermostat are dead. Brrr! We have rentals, and at least one of the tenants call to report they don’t have heat: a dead battery is the easiest fix and the first thing to check.

  • helena Says:
    November 2nd, 2014 at 6:49 am

    i have a dining room table that is three generations old, when we sit at it for dinner it creaks like it is going to fall apart. the nuts are tight. do you have any suggestions for taking the creak out? humbly Helena

  • Mike broerman Says:
    October 1st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I have tried everything from fabic, wet and seal and other products that claim the it will stop my gutter leaking.If you have another solution other than replace these gutters.We loved your show and watched them every week.You can even come here because 3 of our neibors have the same problem

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October Home Maintenance To-Do List