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Smart tips for winter

Set the temperature. (BPT) - Cooler temperatures and shorter days can Investing in a programmable thermostat allows only mean one thing - winter is on its way. January and February are typically considered the coldest months homeowners to monitor the indoor temperature of their in the Northwest, Northeast and Midwest regions of the home remotely via a smart phone or online. Keeping United States. It can be tough for homeowners to stay the temperature low when no one is home and programming the thermocozy inside without runstat to increase the ning up monthly heating temperature when costs. everyone arrives home, annual heating costs Building professionals can be reduced anysay fall is the ideal time where between 5-15 to consider winterizing percent, according to your home for a more the U. S. Department of energy efficient and Energy. The same princomfortable winter. ciple can be applied during summer months Look for simple, to help save on cooling affordable fixes. costs. There are some simPrevent ice ple, inexpensive measdamming. ures that homeowners can do to ensure their If ice damming on the homes remain energy roof is an annual probefficient, warm and lem, consider taking comfortable. measures to completely stop dams from formFor less than $100, ing. weather-stripping for windows, a door sweep Major damage can strip and some caulking can help fill any air leaks to limit energy loss. Replacing result from ice damming, so it’s never too early to start the furnace’s air filter every three months can also help thinking about a long-term solution. Ice damming occreate a more comfortable environment since a curs when warm, indoor air escaping through the roof clogged filter can reduce the unit’s overall efficiency and melts snow on the shingles. The water then refreezes as it runs off the roof, creating a barrier of ice at the lifespan. edge. Shovelling snow or chipping ice away can

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Morning Journal - All About Home - Fall 2015  

Great ideas for your home!

Morning Journal - All About Home - Fall 2015  

Great ideas for your home!

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