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PING HEAT IN the door on energy leaks much does it cost you to live in home? According to the Protection Agency the true cost of a home is what it to both own it and operate it. of the most important operat- the energy cost. most homeowners know this according to Grog B. Mays, the National Home Energy Organization, an EPA national home energy rat- a prospective home buyer p see utility bills, he or she is real- the energy efficiency of a said Mays. of factors affect the energy effi- of a home, but one that is often is the nature and fit of the bills." With this in mind, the nation's largest manufacturer of residential exterior doors, suggests these tips to test your door for energy efficiency. First, close the door and run your hand along the edges of the door. If you feel air coming from around the door edges or under the sill, you're losing energy. This same test can be performed with a tissue. Hold a tissue up close to the area where the door meets the frame. If the tissue waves, as if moved by air, then you have an energy leak. Another test is to close the door and walk through the nearby foyer or living area. If you feel a noticeable change in temperature or a draft, it may be com- ing from the front entryway. "It's important that the door be are a primary concern for tight-fitting against the door frame for efficiency,,, said Mays. "If they both energy efficiency and security rea- into or from the house, sons," said Jerry Oleshansky, vice pres- depleting the energy effi- ident of sales and marketing. of the home." In fact, the EPA "That's one of the reasons we suggest air leakage in a typical home homeowners replace old, inefficient for anywhere between 25 doors with complete doors systems," he Percent of the energy used for says. and cooling. "A door system includes doorlites, that homeowners brickmold, weather strip, hinges and a Performing doors with sill. By replacing the entire system, models," said Mays. you're ensuring that the door will fit is relatively inexpert- snugly against the weather strip and You consider the positive sill, which will further improve the may have on your utility energy effmiency of the entryway." .N,S III I | | g} a\ Jng bps for th s w nter the ducts for air leaks and ors to keep heat from escaping. . . anneWith.duct taPe. .Check the attic and basement mr blanketto your bed. leaks. ,tui : . l place damper closed .Keep drapes and blinds shut at night _ an oPen damper can to reduce heat loss. much as eight percent of your .Use weather stripping around win- f rUt through the chimney, dows and doors. nace filters every month-Use ventilating fans as little as possi- Coldest months. Dirty filters ble. Kitchen and bath fans can quickly the cost of heating the remove the warm air from your house. Apply caulk around windows and a COVer on Window air condition- doors to seal up cracks. COVERUPS Delineations S vn-CUSTOM Frr SLIPCOVERS "Creative furniture coverings for distinctive tastes." Loveseats, Armchairs, Ottomans, Dining & Accent Chairs RHONDA BALKOVEK (530) 283-3653 Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001 , 3 Doors are frequently a source of l'mat loss. Make sure they fit well. Weather stripping can be added to correct many problems. When replacing a door system, experts recommend that homeowners consider replacing steel and wood doors with fiberglass doors. Steel doors dent and rust with age. Wood doors, even new wood doors, tend to shrink and expand, which can not only affect the way they fit within the frame, but also result in cracks or splits in the wood. With their solid polyurethane foam cores, fiberglass doors offer five times the energy insulation of standard wood doors. Moreover, they will not dent, rust, crack or splinter, so they are virtually maintenance free. "Homeowners often overlook their exterior doors when it comes to energy efficiency," states Oleshansky "But an inefficient, poorly fitting, door can cause substantial energy loss. Homeowners really need to evaluate how their doors are affecting the over- all energy efficiency of their homes." Visions of candhli t, warm, comfor ng, . fragrances, these delight our senses and turn our thoughts to the necessary preparation for the upcoming season. Please drop by and enjoy our fall fragrances and decorations. Also lift your spirits with an entire cast of wickedly amusing characters for Halloween! Open 7 ,lays - 10-6 Hwr 89, Cre,cent Mill,, 284-6016