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EcoSmartFires: environmentally friendly open fire places. No gas connections, no charcoal, etc. Powered by renewable energy fuel canisters(denatured ethanol). Use in urban apartments & places that do not have fireplaces! EcoSmartFire.com
Have your furnace seasonally checked, also make sure the air filter is a good one, meaning it has a high MERV rating. A "MERV" stand for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It is a test method developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
A higher MERV rating indicates better air filter performance. 3M corporation produces an air cleaning filter called Filtrete. These filters capture 10 times more microscopic allergens (dust, smoke, smog particles) than non-electrostatic pleated filters(these filters cost 95 cents each). The 3M filters cost ~$7, a significant price increase. But this upgrade improves the quality of air in your home! A quality that is priceless!
Keep your furnace THERMOSTAT to between 65-68 in the WINTER and 78 in the SUMMER
Walk around your place on a cold windy day and try to locate any cold air blowing in from outside.
If its around a door consider weather stripping, if its under the door consider using one of these:
Check any attic and garage spaces for cold air coming in, around garage doors, window openings, vent openings, cracks in cement blocks, and use spray foam to fill up the gaps