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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Walmart
Living in the south our winters are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. But you can probably guess that I’m not a fan of feeling cold when the cold weather hits. When winter comes around, I’m constantly looking for ways to keep the cold out of the house. I want to keep my home as warm and cozy as possible throughout the winter months. So how exactly do you get your home ready for winter? Last year we started winterizing our home every year and have found that it helps significantly in keeping the gusts of cold air from coming inside.
As a part of the Walmart Moms, I was asked to try out a few products by Duck Brand aimed at making winterizing your home a bit easier. Walmart carries a wide variety of products to help get your home ready for winter. I find it amazing how something so little as applying shrink film to your windows or applying socket sealers to your outlets can help save money on your utility bill.
When the temperatures drop down below freezing one thing that we always do is find a way to keep the brutally cold air from hitting our pipes and freezing them. Not only does the Duck Brand Slide Tight Faucet Cover look better but I also think that this does a better job than just wrapping our outdoor faucets with an old towel. There aren’t many times that we use our outdoor faucets during the winter, so I like keeping this faucet cover on throughout the entire season. If, for some reason, we do need to use our faucets the protective cover can be very easily removed.
Another way to winterize your home is by filling in gaps where outside air may enter your home. These gaps can be along window sills, door frames, and even outlets. An easy way to block drafts and retain room temperature on a door is with a Double Draft Seal by Duck. They are easy to size and assemble straight out of the box. They slide under your door and stay securely in place so that your door still functions like normal.
For gaps on windows or sliding glass doors that you use frequently, weatherstrip foam seal is a good option. This is a peel and stick product. So, all one has to do is peel and stick the weatherstrip seal in the gap that you would like to block out the cold air in. I like the extra large width as it helps seal out the cold air from my sliding glass door.
For windows, we love the window shrink film kits by Duck. The first time we used these we knew that we would be using them every year as they helped seal out the cold gusts of air very well. When the air is blowing outside, we could hear and feel it coming through our old windows. But with the crystal clear window shrink film in place even though we could still hear the wind blowing, we could no longer feel it coming into the house. The basic Window Kit comes with everything that you need to seal up to 10 indoor windows. Applying the window kit to the windows can be done in a few simple steps. Once in place in order to seal the window one will need a hairdryer to shrink the film. The end result looks like regular glass so much so that you can hardly tell that anything is over the window at all.
The Roll-on Window Kit by Duck is a bit different from the basic window kit in the fact that it has a pre-taped top edge. This allows you to easily secure the shrink film to your window before cutting and taping the rest of the edges. Just like the other window kit, the Roll-on Window kit also needs a hairdryer in order to activate the shrinking of the film to a glass like finish. One tip I’ve found is to use a direction nozzle on your hairdryer so that you can concentrate the heat exactly where you want it to get all of the wrinkles out of your film.
Last, but not least, don’t forget about your outlets and light switches. Our basement can become quite cold during the winter, so we want to keep that cold air in the basement and not creeping up through our walls to the top floor of our home. With the Socket Sealers kit by Duck you get 16 outlet sealers, 6 switch plate sealers, and 2 decorative sealers. These sealers go between your outlet cover and the wall and keeps any cold air coming in and warm air from going out.