The sound of thermostats being switched to “on” was almost audible when metro Atlanta moved from a fabulous fall to a chilly November. The crisp temperatures are a reminder that winter is on its way and that it may be a good time to contemplate how to keep cozy until spring.
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SIX STEPS TO A WARMER WINTER
The Atlanta-based Southface nonprofit works toward making all buildings more energy-efficient. For homeowners, they offer these tips for keeping a house comfortable year-round.
1. Minimize air leakage: Seal holes and gaps that connect to the outside.
2. Seal ductwork: Closing up leaks in joints and ductwork can be a major energy-saving tactic.
3. Have HVAC systems serviced: Smoothly running furnaces and air conditioners last longer and run more efficiently.
4. Insulate: Attics and crawlspaces are two areas where insulation can make a big difference in a home’s comfort level.
5. Purchase Energy Star appliances: Efficient appliances can save on energy bills.
6. Install a programmable thermostat: Save energy by having a timed thermostat that adjusts room temperatures when the house is empty. Also, keep the temperature at 68 degrees in the winter.