Keeping The Cold Air Out 1. Seal all outside doors, including basement doors, with weather-stripping material. In some cases, you can use old carpet strips. 2. Put masking tape around moving parts of windows. Caulk around window and door frames, including those in the basement. You can stop drafts under doors by placing rugs at the bottom. 3. Check pipes entering your home. You can keep the cold air out by packing rags around them. 4. Check light bulb fixtures for air leaks. 5. Put tape over unused keyholes 6. Make sure unused flue or chimney covers fit tightly. 7. keep fireplace dampers closed tightly when not in use. 8. Seal your foundation and sill plate with caulking material.
Keeping The Warm Air In 9. Install storm windows and storm doors. If you don't have storm windows, you can substitute plastic sheeting but make sure it's tacked tightly around all of the edges. 10. Install insulation between warm and cold areas. Begin by insulating the attic floor. 11. Wherever possible, carpet floors. If your attic floor can't be insulated, lay down a carpet. 12. Close off rooms you don't use.
Maintaining Your Heating System 13. Keep your heating system clean. 14. Make sure there is nothing blocking your registers, radiators, or baseboard heaters. 15. Keep cold air returns clear. 16. Change or clean furnace filters monthly. 17. Have a qualified person adjust your heating system.
Adjusting Your Living Habits 18. Keep the thermostat set at 68 degrees during the day. If it seems too cold for you, try wearing a sweater. 19. Set the temperature back at least 3 degrees at night. 20. If you're going away for a few days, set the thermostat at 60 degrees before you leave. 21. Try lowering the temperature in those rooms you don't spend much time in by adjusting registers, radiators, or thermostats. 22. Keep humidifiers at the 30 percent mark or place pans of water on warm air registers or radiators. You'll feel more comfortable at relatively lower temperatures simply by maintaining the right humidity in your home. 23. Cover windows with drapes or curtains. 24. Open your drapes during the day to let the sunshine in and close them at night to keep the cold air out. 25. Try moving your furniture away from cold outside walls and windows.
Some Do's 26. Do fix leaky faucets, especially hot water taps. 27. Do use cold water for clothes washing. 28. Do turn off lights, TV, radio, or computer when not needed.
Some Don'ts 29. Don't permanently fasten windows and doors shut...they may be needed for an emergency. 30. Don't use kitchen appliances to heat your home. 31. Don't use portable heaters as the main source of heat...be particularly cautious with oil or gas space heaters not vented or vented to your chimney. 32. Don't seal off attic ventilation. 33. Don't put insulation over recessed light fixtures.