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Ways to Save on Home Heating Costs

fireplace_rhgFall temperatures have finally arrived in Georgia – stay warm this season without breaking the bank by following these smart tips to save on home heating costs!

Windows, especially single-pane windows, can be responsible for as much as 25% of heat loss in a home. Cover large windows and sliding glass doors with clear transparent film, which can be found inexpensively at home improvement stores. Keep any shades and curtains closed as much as possible to act as an additional barrier against heat loss. (If your windows are south-facing, however, consider leaving the shades open to let sunlight naturally heat your home.)

Your attic is likely insulated, but how about the attic door? In addition, check that there are no warps in the door that may let cool air leak through. Consider installing a latch and bolt system to keep the attic door closed in cases of severe warping.

Get a furnace and fireplace check-up. Most HVAC companies offer check-ups for your system in the $100 range. This small investment may save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the season, as the HVAC technician will be able to suggest proper maintenance procedures and identify critical repairs that may cost more money down the line. The technician will also be able to spot potential gas or carbon monoxide hazards, ensuring your family stays safe.

Keep your doors and windows locked tight. In addition to being important for home security, locking doors and windows keeps them flush with weatherstripping, allowing less cool air to leak into your home.

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Source: Popular Mechanics

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