Your Health Matters - Montgomery County Health Department

Your Health Matters - Montgomery County Health Department
Your Health
We’ve had such a long, warm fall, that the colder temperatures this last week or so came as a huge
surprise. With the arrival of winter weather, The Montgomery County Health Department
recommends the following tips to help keep you and your family safe and warm during cold weather.
Warm House at a Cool Cost
When temperatures are consistently near or below freezing, your furnace or other heat sources must
work overtime to keep your home warm. You can help reduce heating costs this winter by
weatherizing your home with some simple, low-cost steps.
Protect Your Home from Ice and Frozen Pipes
Clean out gutters so water can flow freely through them and out downspouts. Insulate water pipes in
all uninsulated spaces by covering them with electrical heating tape and foam insulation.
Winterize Air Conditioners
Remove window air conditioners or cover them with a breathable waterproof cover. Clean the dirt
and debris from your air conditioner condensing unit with a high pressure wash, and then cover it with
a breathable waterproof cover.
Service Heat Sources
Have your heating unit serviced by a qualified professional and be sure the filter is changed. If you use
a fireplace, have a professional conduct a thorough inspection of the chimney. Only use fireplaces,
wood stoves, or other heating systems that are properly vented to the outside.
Keep Warm Air Inside Your Home
Caulk around gaps in siding, windows, or doors and install weather-stripping. Cover windows with
insulation film or plastic. Place draft guards or a rolled up towel around the bottom of exterior
doors. Place fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and your attic
floor. Switch your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the
floor. Lower your thermostat while you are out of the house. According to the US Department of
Energy, each degree you lower the heat saves 1% on your utility bill.
The Montgomery County Health Department loves taking care of your family, and works every day to
protect, promote and improve health in our community. To learn more, call 573-564-2495 or visit us
online at or on Facebook or Twitter @healthymoco. ■
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