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Depending on where you live in the country, you likely need to turn on your furnace during the colder months. For most homeowners, the goal is to keep their home warm while keeping their energy bill low. If it seems like your home is always chilly but your energy bill is high, you may be losing heat. Here are some of the most common places heat can escape from your home and how to address the issue:

Around Windows
Your windows are one of the prime places for heat loss. Old windows are known for letting heat out while letting drafts in. By installing triple-glazed windows, you can add an effective three-layer barrier against the elements. However, if you can’t afford window replacement, invest in high-quality curtains to help keep warm air inside. It’s estimated that drapes can reduce heat loss by approximately 10 percent during the colder months. You can also install weather stripping, which helps to fill in ill-fitting windows.

Doors
Similarly, doors in need of repair or replacement are a leading source of heat loss. To prevent this from happening around your door, make sure the perimeter around the door frame is insulated well. You can use weather stripping or foam tape to fill in gaps. You should also install new door sweeps to keep cold air from entering underneath the door. If your doors are past the point of repair, replacement doors may be in order.

Through the Roof
Even if your windows and doors are tightly insulated, you may still be losing a good amount of heat through your roof. If your roof is old or in need of repair, heat can easily escape through cracks in the shingles or worn-out insulation. If only minor repairs are needed, you can easily seal up any holes and add insulation.

Power Outlets and Switches
Areas around power switches and outlets are also prime areas of heat loss. If the outlets aren’t insulated well, heat may be escaping through the walls. However, adding insulation is usually a quick fix. If you’re handy around the house, simply disconnect the power, remove the face plates and carefully add on external outlets and light switches. If you aren’t handy, enlist the help of an experienced electrician to avoid injury.

Keeping your home warm and toasty during the colder months is easier than you may think. Take time to ensure your home is ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you!

Source: Anita Ginsburg/RISMedia’s Housecall

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