10 helpful products for tackling cold weather tasks

These tools and gadgets will make those dreaded winter tasks a breeze.
By Megan Foster

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Wintertime can be truly magical thanks to festive cheer and picturesque snow. But winter also comes with some not-so-fun home tasks.

"HouseSmarts” host Lou Manfredini visited TODAY to show us how we can prep and tackle those troublesome chores that surface during the colder months. From indoor heat helpers to innovative snow scrapers, you'll be ready for anything when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Find his tips and check out the products that will make this winter far less stressful and much more manageable.

For heating your home

1. Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and can enhance comfort thanks to the voice-control setting. The neatest part is that it can adapt to your lifestyle, schedule and routine.

2. Crane Oscillating Mini Tower Heater

This little tower is super powerful. With two settings — 750- and 1500-watts of toasty heat — you won't have to worry about a chilly room again.

5. Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove

Don't have a fireplace? This electric fireplace stove will bring some charm into your home while heating up to 1,000 square feet of space.

For sealing your home

1. Red Devil Zip-A-Way Removable Sealant

The specialized formula of this sealant will form a tight seal around windows, doors, vents and more. Don't want to commit? No problem — this sealant is also removable.

2. Cinch Door Jamb and Seal

Keep the draft at bay with this door jamb and seal. It's simple to install and will save you money on you home temperature control.

For melting ice

1. Qik Joe Calcium Chloride Ice Melt

Nothing is worse than taking a tumble on slick ice. Help rid of the problem with this calcium chloride ice melt.

2. Qik Joe Qik Heat Ultra Sodium and Calcium Chloride Ice Melt

Unlike most ice melters, this one is a pre-treatment that will help prevent ice from sticking in the first place. It's the most effective melt on the market and generates heat on contact.

For tackling the snow

1. DMOS Stealth Snow Shovel

This award-winning shovel is tough, versatile and will make the task of shoveling snow much easier. It's also great for travel since it's lightweight and compact.

2. SnoShark Snow Removal Tool

ShoShark's heavy-duty snow removal tool will have you help with the dreaded task of scraping snow and ice off your car. It has two locking positions so you can extend it to clean hard-to-reach places.

3. Ego Cordless Electric Snow Blower

This is the only (yes, only) cordless snow blower on the market that's as powerful as its gas counterpart. It features "Peak Power" technology which uses the strength of lithium batteries to clear heavy, wet snow.

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