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Save On Heating Costs

The fall weather has been mild, but it’s time to start thinking about how to save on heating costs this winter. Here are some tips from the 50 Plus website.

Check to see if your furnace’s air filter is clean. Experts advise changing normal furnace filters every month and high-efficiency ones every three months.

Check weather stripping and caulk around doors and windows. Make sure your attic is properly insulated and while you’re at it, check insulation in the basement and in household air ducts, exterior walls, crawl spaces and around electrical outlets.

You should also have the chimney inspected for creosote buildup, which could be a source of fire. Other items on your winter checklist:

-Make sure that doors shut and latch properly.

– Check your window locks.

– Put up storm windows and hang heavy drapes over drafty windows.

– Replace mail slots with external mailboxes.

And now is also a good time to ensure that carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly.

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