Stay warmer and save more money by making sure your home is well-insulated this winter

TULSA, Okla. — During the winter, you expect your home to be a warm and comfortable shelter from the bitter cold outside.

If that doesn’t sound like your house, you may have several spots where heat can escape.

Windows are an obvious first place to start looking for leaks.

If they have the old-time windows that are wooden, they probably need to be sealed up,” said Dixie Pebworth, owner of Pro Insulators, “or if they haven’t had their windows replaced in a long time, they may need to look into having a window replacement.”

However, lesser-known culprits could eat up your electric bill too.

“Go around your plug-ins and light switches,” said Pebworth. “A lot of people don’t realize that cold air will come in through them, because the air is not insulated around them.”

Chances are, people with an attic on the tops of their homes will lose large amounts of heat, because heat rises.

Even if a home is newer, there are products on the market, such as open cell foam, which works to keep a home warmer than traditional insulation.

“I would say [the open cell foam] works about 50 to 70 percent better, more efficient, tan the blow-in insulation,” Pebworth said.

Homeowners could save a lot of cold, hard cash in heating bills each year if they prevent heat from escaping their homes.

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