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Keep The Heat In This Winter

As fall and winter close in, your heating bills will rise. Cut your bottom line with these simple tips.

Hang thick curtains. Heavy curtains are an old trick to insulate your windows. They can be a pretty and practical addition to your big picture windows.

Use natural heat. That’s right, let good ol’ mother nature’s sunshine in. During the day, open up those heavy curtains to get as much free heat as possible.

Insulate your chimney. Purchase a chimney balloon or some chimney insulation to keep your heat from escaping. Of course, be sure to remove any obstructions in your chimney before having a fire.

Adjust your fans. Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise at a low speed. This will drive warm air down into the room.

Look for draughts (even the small ones). Features such as pet entries, old windows, and basement doors are oftentimes overlooked in the home. Test them for draughts, then take care of the problem. Small fixes can make a big difference during a Minnesota winter.

Use tin foil. If your home still uses radiators for heat, wrap some tinfoil around a piece of cardboard and slide it between the radiator and the wall. This will reflect the head back into the house rather than letting it out.

Close the door. There is no reason to heat a room you are not using all winter. Shut off your spare rooms and office spaces to

Get a rug. If your floors aren’t insulated, there is a chance they are sucking up a lot of your heat. Do yourself a favor and cover up those wood floors this winter with a seasonal rug.

Insulate professionally. While the up-front investment may be high, good quality insulation is a long-term solution to many heating problems.