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Protect yourself from fire

Although we haven’t experienced extreme cold temperatures in our area this year, keeping your home warm & safe while keeping your heating bills down remains a concern.

Heat is drawn to the cold glass of windows, looking for ways to escape.  The heat lost through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of a home’s heating bill.


·         Seal up holes

·         Weather strip doors and insulate attic floors

·         Keep fireplace dampers tightly closed when not in use


·         Select window blinds designed to reduce energy loss at the window

·         Hunter Douglas Architella® honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss up to 50 percent

Improve and maintain mechanical systems

·         Service and clean your furnace yearly, change or clean filters monthly during the winter

·         Test your security alarm system

·         Set programmable thermostats for different temperatures based on the time of day

·         Home Automation can automatically control thermostats, lights, and window blinds

·         Turning down the heat 7 degrees for 8 hours can reduce your heating bill by 10 percent

Watch your windows

·         Open your window blinds on sunny days in the winter to let in solar heat

·         Close your window blinds at night in the winter to trap heat in

·         Automatically open and close blinds based on day, time, season, or sun

Keep the air circulating

·         Don’t block floor registers, baseboards, or radiators with rugs or furniture

·         Change ceiling fans to a low, reverse setting to circulate the warm air trapped near the ceiling


·         Stop chilling winter winds by planting evergreen trees and shrubs on the north and west sides

·         Don’t create a blocked view for burglars to hide behind

Don’t have an open door policy

·         Make sure your doors are completely closed

·         Latch windows to prevent leakage and keep your home safe

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