Don't Get Left in the Cold: Winterize Your Home

Friday, November 18, 2011

If the winter season this year is any bit as cold as last year you should follow these simple things to winterize your home. Keep the heat and save your dollars.

1. Get your furnace inspected: Throughout the winter you should change the furnace filters regularly (check them monthly). A dirty filter impedes air flow, reduces efficiency and could even cause a fire in an extreme case. Toss out the dirty fiberglass filters; reusable electrostatic or electronic filters can be washed.

2. Clean your gutters: Snow and rain need proper drainage so clean your gutters — if unattended it may lead to back ups and force ice dams that can cause seep into your home. Water drainage needs to be about ten feet away.

3. Reverse your fans: This easy fix will reverse the direction of flow and push warm air downward and allow it to recirculate throughout the room and keep the temperature stabilized.

4. Face your windows: Now is the time remove your summer screens and add storm windows. These can be extremely cost effective if you currently have single-pane glass.

Want more savings? Here are some more tips to keep your home warm.

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