Tis' the season to be jolly, surrounded by family and friends. But nobody will be happy if they’re cold. And it can get expensive to keep the room temperature nice and toasty with all the holiday decorative lights and extra bodies running in and out of the house. It’s time to make sure the house is weatherproofed as much as possible and consider your savings options. Check your doors and windows. Doors and windows tend to leak over time as a house settles. The weather takes its toll with the hot and cold temperatures expanding and condensing wood items. You can use an incense stick around doors and windows to check for drafts. If you find leaks, you should contact us and we will be happy to fix your problems. Consider adding insulation. Insulation tends to compress over time, allowing the cold to seep in through the exterior walls and attic of a house.  If all your windows and doors are sealed and your house doesn't feel as warm as it should, then it’s time to consider the possibility that the insulation has depleted. Statewide Remodeling offers insulation installation. Check your furnace and water heater.  Homeowners use their furnaces and water heaters more this time of year. To reduce the load on the systems, you should make sure they are free of debris, so air can flow efficiently. Also, make sure the central point to which air goes into the furnace is clear.  The door to the room where the furnace is located should remain open so air can circulate. Taking these steps should help with your bill. Use LED lights: Everyone is getting ready to decorate the Christmas tree and their yards. Consider the latest trend and save money with LED Christmas Lights. They are a little more expensive to buy, but they save you more on your bill. Buy an outdoor heater or fireplace: Every family has one member who loves the outdoors.  At family events, there is always that one person who won’t leave the patio unless it’s time to eat. You can consider buying a portable outdoor heater or an outdoor gel fireplace for the patio to keep outside company warm. This also keeps the chill a little more away from the main entrance.

This time of year, it’s nice to have a warm, comfortable home, where you can relax, share, and enjoy the holiday spirit.  We want to help make the holidays the best for you, your family and guests. If you have any questions or want to give feedback, please leave a comment or call us. You can also follow us on our social networks.