Make your house energy efficient this winter

Packed down insulation

Winter weather is just around the corner. Here are 10 things you can do to make sure your house is toasty warm when the outside temperature drops below freezing.

• Check for drafts in around your windows and doors, and seal up any that you find. Old window caulk can crack and allow cold air in, but that’s an easy fix.

• Make sure your attic has sufficient insulation. In a well-insulated attic, the insulation should be go higher than the floor joists.

• Keep your furnace running at peak performance. The cost of heating your house accounts for nearly 50 percent of your energy bill. Kohles & Bach Heating and Cooling offers a $59 fall furnace cleaning special. We specialize in furnace repair and installation and will get your furnace running at maximum efficiency.

• Seal off every duct, pipe or wire that comes into your living area through the floor or ceiling. Use caulking or weather stripping.

• Install a programmable thermostat so you’re not heating the house when you are not around. You can purchase your own for $50, or call our Des Moines furnace installation specialists to install one for you.

• Set ceiling fans to run clockwise. Heat rises, so this will force the heat down where you need it without blowing air down on people in the room.

• Replace your furnace filter. Depending on what style filter you use, you should replace up to every 30 days.

• Run a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

• Check your chimney for leaks. More than half of your heat can escape through your chimney, so keep the flue closed (when not in use), and consider installing a more efficient gas or electric fireplace.

• Close blinds and drapes. They will act as a source of insulation.

For more info and instructions, check out the eBook The Cure for the Common Cold Room.

Sources:

Zillow, Electric Fireplaces Direct, Consumer Energy Center


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