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DIY Home Tips for Winter

Check Your Filters 
Change your furnace filter at the start of the season and then every two to four months. Filters get dirty much more quickly if your home is dusty or if you have furry or feathery pets. Clogged or dirty filters are less efficient, which means your home might not warm up properly.
Reverse Direction of Ceiling Fans 
Everybody thinks of using fans in the summer, but they can help you stay warm in winter too. Set the blades to turn clockwise to circulate warm air from the ceiling down into the room.
Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney 
There's nothing like the glow of a fire to warm up a winter evening. But before you light up that first log, make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and critter-free. 

A professional chimney sweep can clean out soot and other debris that could catch fire. Keep your home's warm air from escaping out the chimney when you're not using it by keeping the flue closed all the way. You shouldn't be able to feel any cold air coming down the chimney. 
Apply Window Insulation Film
Covering windows and patio doors with clear plastic stops cold air from coming inside, and it can make a surprising difference if you have drafty windows. Insulator kits come with double-sided tape; you stick it to your window frame, and then stick the plastic covering to the other side of the tape and cut to fit the window. You can use a blow-dryer to eliminate wrinkles in the film, making it nearly invisible. The tape won't harm the finish when you remove it.
If you have windows that never open, such as ones in a two-story foyer, leave them covered year-round to save money in the summer too. The insulation kits cost about $5 to cover two windows. 3M, which manufacturers the kits, says the film can save up to $17 per window during the winter.
Hang Insulated Curtains
Thermal curtains are a great way to retain heat in your home during the winter. The only drawback is to be most effective, they need to be closed. As a note: thermal curtains do work well in the summer too, as they can help block out the sun’s hot rays.
Use a Door Snake
If you have a drafty window or door, these little snakes are a must-have in your home. Placed at the bottom of the door or window, these weighted fabric tubes help block out the unwanted chill. You can purchase them or simply roll up a towel and place on the floor. 

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HOA Dues
Dues must be submitted before the 10th of every month to avoid any late fees.  
Payments can be mailed to:
Olde Mill HOA
921 S. Dearborn Way
Aurora, CO 80012
Or payments may be placed in the HOA mail slot in the mailroom.
Be sure to include you unit number on the check for prompt application to your account.

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