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Winter is a great time to work on some simple home improvement projects that you have been meaning to get done but just haven’t had the time. As an added bonus they can  increase your comfort, cut energy costs, and improve your family’s health.

Most items on the checklist below are easy DIY tasks ,but if not, January and February are typically slow months for contractors which may save you some money as well.

  • Upgrade your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s essential to have working smoke and CO detectors especially in the winter months when the furnace and fireplaces are running nonstop. A combination unit that contains both types of sensors will run you about $40.An interconnected system, which sets off all the alarms in the house when any single unit detects a hazardous condition may be a better option and can cost between $30 to $80 per wireless unit.

  • Change the furnace filter. Filters should be replaced every couple of months. This easy task will cost about $5 for simple flat filter. A worthwhile upgrade is a high-efficiency pleated filter has which has increased surface area to trap mold spores, pet dander, and other allergens will cost a little more.

  • Vacuum out dryer and kitchen vents. Survey your dryer and kitchen vents and see if there is built-up lint and grease. Removal of grease and lint should be done by a pro, who has the equipment to access hard-to-reach ducts. Expect to pay around $100 to $150. This cuts down on fire risk and keeps those systems running more efficiently, therefore reducing energy costs. Also, after a big snow storm make sure your dryer vent is clear on the outside and not blocked by snow.

  • Take care of the little things. Handymen also tend to be less busy in the new year. An economical strategy may be to group all your small projects together and hire someone to do them all at once. The hourly rate for handyman services on Angie’s List ranges from $50 to $100, with an average of $83.

  • Build up your insulation. Adding fiberglass to your attic is one of the highest-value home projects, with a high a return on investment. Sealing air leaks in the attic can save on both energy and potential repairs. Inadequately insulated attics are a chief cause of ice dams, which often lead to roof damage, which has high-priced repair costs.

  • Install smart meters. A programmable thermostat will pay for itself in energy cost savings. A smart water meter can help conserve water and alert you to leaking or burst pipes.

  •  Upgrade fireplace doors. An open fireplace draws warm air right up the flue. Adding glass doors, which cost between $200 to $800 doesn’t detract from the look of the fireplace while making the fireplace more effective at radiating heat. Doors are also a good safety feature, keeping kids and pets from getting too close to that pretty flame.


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