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You don’t want to drain your accounts with astronomically high heating bills in the winter months, but you also don’t want to live in a cold, uncomfortable home. To help with this dilemma, taking steps to fix problem areas in your home can help to dramatically reduce how much it costs to keep your home warm and cozy.

Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. Seven to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors, according to Black Hills Energy, and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy. Even if they don’t turn it up, they’re losing warm air, causing the furnace to work harder. “Weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can cut down on drafts,” says Jeff Rogers, president of the Energy Audit Institute, an energy audit training and certification company in Springfield, N.J.

Some weatherstripping needs to be replaced every few years because of wear. Replacing it is typically as simple as pulling off the old and tacking on the new

Our goal at Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning is to save you money. We can help you install a more efficient furnace, heat pump, and discuss a hybrid system installation. Look through our own Money Saving Tips here.

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