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5 simple steps for winterizing your home

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Save money, live more comfortably this winter with these simple tips from Marvin Windows and Doors

Warroad, Minn., November 9, 2010 – Five simple tips can help you save money and live more comfortably this winter.

They’re offered by Marvin Windows and Doors, which knows all about winterizing — the company is headquartered in Warroad, Minn., only six miles from the Canadian border!

Follow these easy steps and check out Marvin’s helpful home improvement video series and podcasts featuring TODAY show home improvement expert Lou Manfredini.

5 SIMPLE WINTERIZATION TIPS

1. Get a furnace tune-up and replace the filter. A clogged filter and an inefficient furnace could add as much as 5 percent to your heating bill. A tune-up is inexpensive and will not only save you money this winter, but also ensure a longer life for your furnace. Filters should be replaced monthly for best performance.

2. Install a programmable thermostat. This is one of the simplest, least expensive ways to save money year round. Program your thermostat for a lower temperature during the day when you’re at work and at night when you’re asleep. With the money you save, you can have a toasty warm house during the hours you’re relaxing at home.

3. Check your windows and doors for drafts. Run a lighted candle around the edge of your windows and doors. If the flame flickers, it’s a sign that you’ve got an energy-robbing draft. Close the gaps with caulk, weatherstripping or expanding foam.

4. Consider replacing your old, inefficient windows. If you’ve got old, inefficient windows throughout your home, you could be losing as much heat as if you left a 2-foot by 2-foot window open all winter! And when the temperature outside is 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature on the inside glass of a single-pane window is only 15 degrees. Energy-efficient windows from a top manufacturer like Marvin can save you 15 to 25 percent on your monthly heating bill while making your home more comfortable.

5. Check your attic insulation. Heat rises, and if your attic is poorly insulated, those heating dollars are going right out through the roof. Have a qualified contractor check your attic insulation.