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5 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

It's that time of the year. The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to change and it's time to think of winterizing your home. So...before any of us start singing Christmas carols and going out to buy our ugly sweaters, I'd like to share my 5 easy tips to winterizing your home that will not only save you energy, but money in the long run...and everyone likes to save money during the holidays!!!!

1. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. By reversing the direction of your ceiling fan you can push all the warm air towards the floor saving on energy costs. It costs nothing, but works like a charm!

2. Change the filters on your furnace. I personally change mine out every season. This will insure that your furnace is working efficiently and your air quality will be better as well.

3. Winterize your windows. Typically windows and doors can be drafty in the winter. Consider insulating your windows with insulated window film and adding thick heavy curtains. This will keep the draft out and the heat in. Perfect for creating a warm cozy interior. For drafty doors, ditch the towel at the bottom of your door (not a good look). Splurge $20 on a draft guard that will keep the heat from seeping under the door.

4. Invest in a programmable thermostat. A must for every homeowner to keep your energy costs down. Luckily, there are some pretty amazing smart thermostats out there that will crank the heat up or turn it down when it determines no one is home. It's like a spy for your energy bill.

5. Clean your gutters! Prevent roof and gutter damage caused by an overflow of leaves, sticks, and other debris simply by spending a Saturday cleaning them out! This will also help cut down on icicles which can also be very dangerous in the winter months.

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