Tips for winter!

There are several low-cost methods to make your home warmer in the winter.
• Use rugs on hard surface floors, wear slippers or shoes – no explanation needed here…
• Use blinds and window covers – this reduces the radiant loss of your body heat being drawn to the cold window

• Identify draft sources and stop them. Exterior doors, outlets & switches, ceiling light fixtures are the most common and easist to repair. Kits are available at most hardware stores.
• Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use.
• Change the furnace filter regularly
• Check flaps or dampers on fans to ensure they are closing when not in use
• Check attic & crawlspace hatches for good seal & proper insulation

Some other suggestions which a homeowner might want to have professionally upgraded:
• Have storm doors installed
• Check insulation values and quality of the insulation installation & upgrade as needed.
• Full weatherization & sealing service
• Full energy audit with improvement analysis for prioritized list

A couple words of caution.
1. Get a carbon monoxide detector and use it.
2. Window replacement is usually a very long term for payback.
3. Cheaper improvements generally have the best bang for buck!

Be sure to also winterize your pipes to prevent freezing!
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About Kent Mitchell

30 years in various construction positions. Currently specializing in residential energy efficiency and green building methods. Also I am a new online business student at BYU-I
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