It's Time to Winterize Homes

It's Time to Winterize Homes

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(KSL News) -- Now that the cold weather is here you probably want to try to keep the warmth inside. Besides the usual steps to winterize your home, here are some ideas you might not think of.

Move your furniture away from the hot air vents to keep your heating system efficient.

Wrap your water heater with an insulated blanket.

Keep your curtains closed on cold days and open when the sun is shining.

And check your home's insulation. You can check the walls by looking inside a switch plate.

It may also be time to replace the furnace. If it's older than 15 years, it's probably only 60 percent efficient.

Mike Johnson, Weatherization Program Director: "The new ones will capture up to 90 percent, so there's only 10 to 20 cents on the dollar that goes up the flue. So just by changing the furnace you may see a 20 to 30 percent reduction in your heating bills."

Be sure and change the filter on your furnace and check the pilot light to make sure it's burning blue. If it's burning yellow, your heater could be producing carbon monoxide.

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