Getting your home winter ready

By Lauren Payne - bio | email feedback

With temperatures expected to take a dip this week, now's the time to make sure that your heat and your money aren't going out the window.

Scott Parker at Barton's says you can get your home winter ready and it doesn't have to break the bank.

"You could do the whole thing for around 30 dollars," said Parker.

Parker says start with your doors and windows.

"That's far and away the biggest energy loss in the house," said Parker.

He says something like a storm window kit can cost as little as a dollar fifty per window.

"It will just staple over the window.   The strips go right down the side and all the way around.  It seals the window off from outside weather," said Parker.

Parker says another inexpensive option is foam weather strip tape for the area around your windows.  It comes in different sizes so look for the size that best suits your windows.

"A lot of times you can install a sticky sided foam where the window slides that's usually where your leaks will be," said Parker.

Parker says the tape can be used for windows and doors.  Speaking of the doors--make sure yours are draft free with a tight seal around your doors.  Parker says these simple steps are well worth the  few bucks you will spend now, to save you big bucks down the road.

"2 exterior doors, an average of 4 or 5 windows...for around 30 bucks--it would pay for itself in about 2 weeks," said Parker.

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