Most Americans are nothing if not passionate. They’re passionate about the work they do, the food they eat, what they stand for… and certainly where they live. New Yorkers, Californians, Texans—these residents have well-deserved reputations for being loud and proud. But it’s not just people on the Pacific Coast, or in the Northeast. People all over, from the Heartland to the Midwest, have strong opinions about where they’d like to live.
It turns out, those opinions change depending on the time of year. Where Midwesterners want to be in summer, for example, isn’t always where they want to be in winter—for obvious weather-related reasons.
Let’s start with the Midwest. As noted, Midwesterners aren’t so thrilled with being in the Midwest in winter. In fact, only nine percent of Midwesterners want to be “home for Christmas,” so to speak. Midwesterners, in total, were the most miserable region during wintertime. Wisconsinites, specifically, professed a longing for Hawaii—32 percent of Wisconsin residents would rather be wearing a luau than longjohns.
What about Hawaiians? Well, as part of the Pacific Coast region, most of Hawaiians are just fine at home. Seventy-five percent of Pacific Coasters want to be no place other than home, in either winter or summer. The Pacific Coast comprises residents of Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington state—in addition to Hawaii.
Residents of Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado comprise the Mountain region, and the people in this region are, generally, fine at home; 31 percent of them feel good about being Mountainers in the summertime. They feel even better, though, about being on the Pacific Coast—47 percent of Mountainers would rather go further west in the summer.
In winter? That’s a different story. Exactly half of Mountain residents would rather be on the Pacific Coast during the winter months. Incidentally, residents of the Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma) agree. Almost 40 percent of Southwesterners would rather be on the Pacific Coast come wintertime. That’s in spite of the great weather they already enjoy!
Northeasterners, believe it or not, also have a West Coast affinity (though they might deny it if you ask). In the wintertime, 38 percent of Northeast residents (Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Hampshire and Maine) would rather be on the Pacific Coast. In the summertime, though, a near majority of Northeasterners—almost half—are happy at home.
For more on Americans’ regional and seasonal living preferences, check out the full graphic.
With winter knocking on everyone’s door this weekend; now is a great time to put away hoses and winterize your outdoor faucets/spigots.
Hoses left out to the elements can quickly freeze and bust. Outdoor faucets or commonly referred to as spigots can also freeze causing the supply water pipes to burst. A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in repairs and is easily preventable.
- Roll up – PRO TIP: Screw the male and female ends of the hose together after draining and rolling up to prevent any remaining water from leaking.
- Store out of the elements in a garage, shed, or basement.
Winterizing Outdoor Faucets:
- Close off the supply valve that provides water to your outdoor pipe supplying the outdoor faucet. (Most homes have a separate outdoor water supply valve close to the location of the outdoor pipe.)
- Drain the remaining water out of the outdoor pipe and outdoor faucet.
- Close the outdoor faucet valve.
- If you do not have a separate outdoor water supply valve that you can shut off. Cover the faucet and exposed pipe with an insulating material, cover with plastic, then secure in place with duct tape.
- Make sure the interior and outdoor pipes are thoroughly insulated.
- If you are unable to insulate the outdoor faucet with insulating material; your local hardware store sells insulated faucet protectors that encapsulate the entire outdoor faucet.
Weird noises. Strange sputters. Leaks. Wheezes. Hums. Squeaks. This is the soundtrack to home improvement, from the furnaces to the refrigerators. It’s the chorus with which our appliances lovingly serenade our homes. The worst part is, tickets to this musical are rarely free.
You need a way to keep your front row seat to the kitchen quintet from bankrupting your household. You know everything from the air conditioner to the oven are gonna have problems, that’s just their nature. The key is fixing those problems without setting your wallet on fire.
Doing so is easier said than done. You’d like to fix the problem yourself, and save some money, but how do you even know what the problem is? Or where to look? Maybe you should replace the appliance, but then you risk giving up on a machine that could still be pretty useful—if only you knew the right buttons to push.
Furthermore, what if you’re convinced repairs are in order? How do you proceed? How do you know when to call a professional? And how do you know that they know what they’re talking about? We’ve all been to the mechanic before and been worried if we’re getting a raw deal. The same worries apply here.
All these questions demand answers. But for most of us, there’s no ready-made blueprint for finding, diagnosing and fixing what ails our homes’ critical machines. Our washers’ hoses may be loose, our dryers’ belts may be broken, our dishwashers’ valves may be faulty. But how would we know? And how would we fix any of it?
In this infographic, we’ve given some handy tips to solve the many repair-or-replace dilemmas you’ll have over the course of your appliances’ lives. For example, if your appliance is still under warranty, you should go the repair route. But if it’s over 8 years old—or if the repairs are more than double the cost of a new one—then it’s time to replace.
YouTube is another valuable resource in solving these dilemmas. We’ve identified what to search for when you’re stumped, along with specific steps to take to verify whether those connections are shaky or that burner is busted. Check out the full infographic for the whole scoop.