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4 Ways How to Keep Your Family Home Comfortable All Year Round

Home interior temperatures can vary widely due to structural factors, the number of windows and the type of HVAC system that is being used. If you want to keep comfortable indoor temperatures at every season of the year, you will have to take these factors into account and implement strategies to maximize your heating and cooling. Here are 4 tips you can follow to improve your indoor comfort levels year-round.

Check Your Insulation

Many homes may not have sufficient insulation to do a good job of preventing the loss of warmed air in winter and cooled air in summer. You don’t have to tear out a wall to find out what type and amount of insulation you have in your home. Simply turn off the power to your home and remove the switch plate on a light switch. Use a flashlight to look around inside the opening. You can also go into your attic with a flashlight to see the amount and type of insulation between the joists. A number of websites can provide information on the right amount of insulation for your region of the country.

Prevent Drafts at Windows and Doors

If you light a candle and hold it near the window in various rooms of your home, you will begin to see how much cold air is coming in that works against your heating system. Drafts can also occur around poorly fitting doors. Your local home improvement store can provide a variety of different types of caulking that will help you to seal up these gaps around windows, as well as weather-stripping that will keep cold air from coming in around doors. These measures will also help you to keep cooled air inside during the warm months.

Keep Your HVAC Tuned

Your HVAC system works hard throughout the year to warm interior air in the winter and cool it in summer. You can help to preserve your system for a longer period of time if you keep the unit properly maintained. Call a reputable HVAC contractor, like Comfort Zone Air Conditioning & Solar Power or one in your area, to clean the unit, replace your filter and monitor the wear of internal parts, to help keep your system running efficiently throughout the year.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can help to move warm air that rises to the top of a room back down to where it’s needed. It can also help to circulate cooled air during the summer time. Studies find the use of ceilings fans, not only provide more room comfort, but also can save you money on your annual energy bill.

A comfortable home interior makes relaxing, entertaining and spending time with your family more enjoyable. Smart homeowners know that a few active steps can make a big difference in maintaining the right home temperature at different times of the year. If you implement these actions, you will find that your home remains cozy in the winter and pleasantly cool during the summer.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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TOY GIVEAWAY TODAY and FRIDAY

Who -

**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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