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Heating Against the Cold
Depending on where you live, the winter months can be as treacherous as they are beautiful. No matter how cold it gets this winter, however, your home's interior does not have to feel drafty and uncomfortable.

Always close your doors: Whenever a door is opened warm air escapes and cold air comes inside.

Upgrade your furnace: Consider upgrading to a two-stage furnace. Even on mild days, most furnaces only operate on high power. For those times when only a small amount of heat is needed, a two-stage gas furnace comes in handy because it has a two-stage ignition system. This allows your furnace to evenly distribute just the right amount of heat.

Strategic Landscaping: Planting coniferous trees in strategic places around your house will act as a barrier against the cruel winter winds. Because they do not lose their leaves in the autumn, planting trees such as evergreens, cedar and pine on the north side of your house will help block cold winds.

Friendly Fire: Heat your home by starting the fireplace. Before you do, however, check your flue. The flue is designed to keep drafts out so be sure to check the seal. Replace the seal of it is loose or damaged. Do not forget to accessorize your hearth with fireplace accessories. Fireplace screens and spark guards offer excellent spark protection.  Fireplace accessories that you add to the fireplace will add to its safety. Another important fireplace tool is the andiron, which sits inside the fireplace and is used to hold the logs in place. For carrying wood you might want a leather or canvas log holders.

Insulate: It is a good idea to seal and insulate around attic doors, vents, water pipes and other openings..


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