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Winter is coming! Avoid the Polar Vortex inside

Quick Fixes to Winterize Your Home and Keep the Polar Temperatures Out

Winter is coming and that means cold, snow and ice are headed our way! There may be polar temperatures outside, but we don’t want them in our homes! Taking a few measures to protect your home can save you lots of money on energy costs this winter. Here are some easy and affordable ways to get you and your home through the cold unscathed.

  1. Check your furnace: An annual furnace check is recommended¬† by the heating and cooling experts to make sure that your mechanicals are functioning at peak levels in order to prevent a meltdown. If you don’t have time to schedule a professional inspection, then at the very least, invest in a new filter for your furnace. The average cost is approximately $10, and it can save you $100’s in energy costs over the course of a year.
  2. Inspect the caulk around your windows and doors: Having you windows and doors properly caulked prevents the tiniest of drafts from invading your home. Keep in mind that if the cold air is sneaking in, your heat is also sneaking out. Stop at your local hardware store and pick up some caulk and a caulking gun. This might be the best $15 ever spent!
  3. Under door draft protectors:¬†I don’t know about you, but I often feel a draft under my doors. Thank you for the invention of door draft protectors. offers some of the best at the best value!
  4. Adjust your ceiling fans: Did you know that by switching the direction of your ceiling fan, you can push the hot air down the walls and to the floor? Switch you fans to rotate clockwise and stop your hot air from rising!
  5. Programmable Thermostat: Invest in a programmable thermostat. By simply lowering your home a degree, you can save 1% on your energy costs. The ability to program the temperature changes in your home provide you the freedom of knowing that once you set it, you can forget it, and still save money!

Keep those polar temperatures outside with the snow, and keep the warmth indoors!