It’s time to winterize your home

 Seal the cracks, control the thermostat and turn up the furnace. All ways to winterize your house and all things you’ve probably heard before. But just how much will those changes cost you?

Local 6’s Mychaela Bruner went to a local hardware store and brought a few things back.

A caulk gun comes in handy when filling any cracks around your doors and windows. A standard caulk gun will cost about $2.50 at Lowes, but they can range all the way up to $127.

If you have drafts under your doors, a door draft guard may help. You can buy two at Lowes for only $10.

All that heated air flowing from your furnace must first pass through an air filter. Furnace filters cost anywhere from $20 to $200 based on the type, size and brand. But spending that money can be worth it. Experts say it’s the easiest yet most important way to keep your furnace working as efficiently as possible.

Warren Heating and Air offers two options for furnace tune-ups – pay as you go for $92 or two tune-ups a year for $189

Ingram’s Heating and Air will tune-up your furnace for $75 per hour. Triangle Enterprise will charge you $79 total.

A top item on the list of winterizing your home is cleaning out your gutters. There are plenty of how-to videos to help you. It’s the single most important key to avoiding expensive repairs. Gutters perform one duty: controlling the water around your home. If debris keeps them from doing their job, then you can wind up with some serious problems.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports you’ll save about 20 percent on your next bill by controlling your thermostat. Keep it around 68 or 70. Also, close the vents in unused rooms, but know if you shut too many registers, you could restrict the air flow in your home.

Covering windows or replacing them with energy efficient windows could save you about $100 during the winter months.

If you use propane to heat your house, know that you will also need a tune-up. It’s best to lock in a rate now with a company, so the prices don’t keep increasing through the winter.

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