Flathead Valley residents prepare for winter


LAKESIDE, Mont. – For most Montanans the cold is nothing new. With snow and rain spreading through much of western Montana, residents in the Flathead Valley are getting ready for winter.

“For me this (temperature) is really nice and kind of comfortable,” said one Lakeside resident. “As far as the house goes, I want to make sure the windows are insulated and coverings are on the windows to help keep the cold out.”

Snow has fallen across the Mission Mountain Range, and a winter storm warning is in effect for Glacier National Park. For areas above 5,000 feet forecasters are predicting snowfall of 3 to 8 inches. Paired with a wind advisory and colder than normal temperatures, Kalispell residents can expect temperatures in the 40s.

To brace for the cold, start by caulking any holes in windows or doors to keep the cold air out and warm air in. Professionals advise to rotate any ceiling fans in your home — clockwise rotations actually produce warmer air. If you still have your air-conditioning unit installed take it out to further reduce any drafts.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy drafts can waste as much as 30 percent of energy use per year.

To reduce warm air loss, you can place a draft snake under your door. It’s made by rolling up a towel or filling up a pouch of fabric with sand to block cold air. Professionals also say you can place bubble wrap on the inside of glass pane windows. (Click to Site)

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