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How To Safely and Efficiently Heat Your Home
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 25, 2013 @ 8:24PM
Created on January 24, 2013 @ 6:59PM
When winter weather hits heating your home becomes a top priority.  First and foremost, you need some type of heating source whether it be electrical, gas, or kerosene. 
Officials warn against using one specific heating source in your home.  They say it is a good idea to have a slight variety.  They explained that if your primary heating source is electrical and the power were to go out during a storm you would risk being left in the cold.
Gas and kerosene heaters are recommended for that reason, but also because it tends to be cheaper and it's actually more effective. Experts told 5 News gas and kerosene heaters can be used in a larger area and increase the temperature in a room by 30 degrees. While space heaters usually only make a 10 degree difference.
"You want to stay with something that's an actual fuel source because even if your powers out you can still create some heat. Kerosene is actually slightly cheaper as far as the actual heating units themselves go," said Geoff Maul, Lowes' Specialist.
The first step to efficiently heating your home is to choose a heat source. After that you want to make sure your home has been weatherproofed and is as air tight as possible. You could purchase a sealant to make sure your doors and windows are tightly closed, and do not let any air out. Another option is to put a towel at the base of your doors heat loss.
"Without replacing anything major try to make sure any doors or windows, if you feel any air coming through find something you can use as a seal," said Maul.
Try some of these tips in your home and stay warm this winter.

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