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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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5 Ways to Warm Your Home & Keep Your Heating Costs Down

When the weather starts to cool down you want to know you are going to be able to keep your home heated the way you want without it costing you a lot of money. There are some simple steps you can take to keep your home nice and warm while keeping your heating expenses down. Follow the simple tips below to make your home comfortable at an affordable price:

Provide your heater with seasonal maintenance

Make sure your filter and the return vent is clean. This will help the system to not have to work as hard to move the air. You should have an HVAC technician come out at the beginning of the season to take a look at your system. They will make sure everything is running as it should and check the components for signs of wear and tear. If there is something wrong with the system, it may cost you more to heat your home and you won't know there is a problem until down the line.

Check your doors and windows

Take a look around your house for any drafty doors and windows. One little crack in a door or window will let a lot of cold air in while you are trying to heat your home. If you find any areas around the doors or windows, replace the weather-stripping.

You can purchase stick on weather-stripping at hardware stores and many markets. Remove any old weather-stripping. Clean and dry the surface well so the weather-stripping adhesive will stick. Remove the strip off the adhesive side of the stripping and carefully put the stripping in place. Push down on it to ensure it sticks well.

Cover hard floors

Leaving your hard floors uncovered during cold weather will make it extremely difficult to keep your home heated. You can lay down large pieces of scrap carpet, area rugs or even blankets if that's all you can dig up. Any coverings will help to hold the heat in and keep your home warmer.

Close your curtains

Closing your curtains can help to hold in the heat and keep a cold breeze from coming in. Even if you have blinds on your windows, you should consider hanging up curtains for the extra insulation they offer.

Don't ignore problems

If you notice your heater isn't working as it should, you hear a new sound or you have other reasons for concern, it's important for you to have it looked at right away. This way, you can increase your chances of avoiding a large repair bill and you can make sure you aren't paying too much for your heating. A company like Plumb Pros Plumbing Heating & Drains can help with heating repairs.