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January 2018

Is your home ready for extreme cold?

Some winters are milder than others, but this winter is not one of them. Mother Nature has shown us little mercy this time around, with winter plunging into bitter cold within the first official month of winter. We all take a lot of care to protect ourselves during cold snaps. Shouldn't we be protecting our homes, too? Here are some ways you can help your house survive the next Polar Vortex.

  1. Cold air can seep in through the smallest of cracks. Caulk your doors and windows, and apply weather stripping to avoid losing heat.
  2. Be smart about heating your house. Yes, you want your home to be comfortable during the day, but it doesn't need to be as warm at night. And since your electricity bill might be steeper than expected after a cold snap, start adopting good habits now. Turn the heat down by 3 to 5 degrees at night. Not only will you get a better night's sleep in a cooler environment, but you'll also save a lot of money.
  3. Inspect the filters in your furnace and heaters. They should be clean, with no dust or gunk buildup on them. The same goes for baseboard heaters: get rid of any dust that has collected in them, so that they run as efficiently as possible.
  4. Use alternative heat sources, like fireplaces and wood stoves. But be careful—carbon monoxide poisoning happens more often than you'd think. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector before you get cozy around the fire.

And as for you, all that's left for you to do is bundle up in warm clothes and get cozy with a blanket on the couch.

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