DIY tips and tricks to keep your house warm this winter

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A few changes in your normal routine can make a big difference in assuring your home remains nice and toasty this season.

Mark Pippin, owner of Pippin Brothers Home Services, advises residents to have a licensed contractor come out to verify your furnace and fan are working properly.

However, changing the air filter on your furnace regularly is something you can do on your own. An unchanged filter can result in drafts coming in and unbalance air flow in your home which can ruin your furnace.

Pippin says windows and doors provide a prime opportunity for the cold to creep in.

"Weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors is an easy one, because the caulking does start to peel away, and weather stripping just wears out from opening and closing a door. If you feel air coming in your window or door and like the garage door our something like that. That's an easy fix and it'll mean a big difference in your utility bill just from that leakage," Pippin said.

And if you are heating your furnace for the first time this season, you may hear some noises or smell something abnormal but, rest assured it is only dust build up.

Pippin says if the smell remains or your smoke alarm goes off, call emergency services immediately.

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