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It's not too late to winterize your home


“Learn From Lou” how simple steps can save money, help you live more comfortably this winter

Warroad, Minn., December 9, 2009 – The first big snowstorm of the season is socking Americans from coast to coast, marking the arrival of winter.

But it’s not too late to take a few simple steps to winterize your home, helping you save money and live more comfortably throughout the cold months. Here are some tips from TODAY Show home expert Lou Manfredini and Marvin Windows and Doors.

To see these “Learn From Lou” tips on video, along with other helpful home improvement videos featuring Lou Manfredini, visit this page or simply watch the clip below.


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.

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.

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.

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 can save you 15 to 25 percent on your heating bill while making your home more comfortable. Many Marvin windows and doors qualify for a $1,500 federal energy efficiency tax credit.

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.