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Experts offer easy tips for keeping your home warm in frigid temperatures

With temperatures plummeting, people doing everything they can to keep their homes warm.  (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

CLIO, Mich. -- With temperatures plummeting, people doing everything they can to keep their homes warm.

"When the temperature gets down to these extremes its’ very difficult so we have to take precautions," says Jeff Lee with Holland Heating & Cooling.

While you might think of big things like changing to a programmable thermostat, there are little things that can make a huge difference.

Air can enter through spaces in your doors and windows. Even small spaces you might not think of like your light switch can let in cold air.

Luckily a quick trip to the hardware store can help seal up those drafty spaces.

Other things expert advise, reverse your ceiling fan so it goes in a counterclockwise direction to push air downward. Also, cover your outside water spicket and never turn to gas appliances to keep warm.

"One of the worst things you can do if you lose your furnace, if you lose your power, do not fire up a gas fired engine inside your home or non-vented heaters," says Lee. "Let’s say your furnace was to go out. If you still have electricity you use electric space heaters only. Nothing that’s non-vented or gas powered because those produce carbon monoxide and that’s the quickest way to have bad things happen."

While these steps might not necessarily save you money on your heating bill, Lee says you'll feel more comfortable which in turn will cause you to turn up the thermostat less.



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