Keeping Your House Warm In The Winter

Part 1: Original Kelo link

Whether we like it or not, the seasons and the temperatures are changing.

That means you'll want to get your home ready for the colder temps and the coming winter.

KELOLAND News met with Dusty Rallis, the vice president of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, to see what homeowners can do. One thing Rallis highlights is the heat inside your home that you're going to want to keep inside.

As the temperatures drop and it feels more and more like fall outside, Saturday on KELOLAND Weekend News at Ten we'll continue our look at how you can ready your home for winter.

Part 2: Original kelo link

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Across KELOLAND Saturday, we were reminded that there's no escaping it: winter is not far away. And there are steps you can take right now to get your home ready. 

Dave Abels lives in central Sioux Falls in a 1931 home.

"I grew up in a old farmhouse east of Sioux Falls, and so I'm used to kind of an older house, but this is our first time owning a home," Abels said.

From the pumpkins on the porch to the changing leaves nearby to crisp air, reminders of the eventual winter are everywhere. He's already taken steps.

"I just spent yesterday replacing all the weather stripping around the doors, 'cause they just leak like sieves," Abels said.

The windows got his attention, too.

"They're old windows, and so on a select few places we put plastic over the windows, and just used a little hair drier to tighten that up, so it's a little bit more heat-efficient," Abels said.

"Some people will take and put like a shrink wrap around the windows, and that keeps that cold air from penetrating, so they've got a better separation," said Dusty Rallis, vice president of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire.

One part of his advice for homeowners is to trim those hedges. He says accumulating snow will age the house's siding.

"Some other things they're going to want to do is look for air penetrations from outside in, make sure that they're not losing a lot of heat out of their home," Rallis said. "Another thing that they're going to want to look at doing is changing their furnace filters."

And if you don't take these steps...

"You're going to end up with higher heating bills, potential of having to replace siding early, things of that nature," Rallis said. "The monthly bills definitely make a big difference, and as cold as we've got around here, it's going to make a big difference, if they're letting that cold air in."