Tame mid-winter weather

As winter does its worst in February, keep energy costs in check by making your home more efficient. It’s easier than you think.

Look for these common winter culprits throughout your house:

  • Drafty doors and windows. An easy fix with a big payback is weather-stripping. Caulk or apply weather-stripping around all window and door seams, especially those leading to the basement or the attic. Weather-strip your attic access door.
  • Dirty air filters. Dirty filters make your system work harder to heat the air. Aim to change the filter every three to six months.
  • Leaky ducts. A contractor can test your ducts for leakage and repair any problems. Repair visible or accessible leaks with metal tape – not duct tape!
  • Chilly water heater. If your water heater is older or not well insulated, wrap it in an insulating jacket.
  • Wood fireplace. Traditional fireplaces pull heated air out of the house. When not in use, check that the damper is completely closed.