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Proper insulation will keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer and cut down on energy costs. It's also a place mice and bats like to call home. And when the weather turns cold, do a check of your insulation—especially in your attic—to ensure there are no unwanted guests.
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Clear Snow Away from Vents
During the winter months, regularly check your outdoor vents—such as your furnace and dryer vents—to make sure they are clear of snow and ice. Blocked vents can cause carbon monoxide to build up.
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Fix Air Leaks from Windows and Doors
Neglecting to remedy any air leaks from windows and doors can lead to condensation, which can lead to mold. And make sure all windows and doors have proper weather stripping before the cold and snow arrives. In addition to preventing condensation and mold, it will help keep your energy bills down.