Want to Keep Your Home Warmer This Winter?
Wouldn’t you like to be warmer in your home without cranking the heat up along with your energy bill?
It’s the end of October, and we are heading into the cold weather months. If you are like many people, you’re dreading the high cost of heating your home during the winter. How high do you need to turn up the heat to keep your house warm.
Yes, staying warm is a priority, but keeping the cost down of doing so is a priority as well.
Here are some ideas to warm up your home. They are simple ideas and they won’t break the bank.
House “warming” tips:
- Open the blinds during the day on the south facing windows to let the sun’s warmth in. Just be sure to close them at night to keep that same warmth in and the cold of night out.
- Install a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to program settings of warmer temperatures when you’re in the home, and lower temperatures when you’re gone or in bed for the night. Consistency is so effective in lowering costs, and it’s a simple project to complete.
- Don’t leave your floors bear. If you have hardwood floors, area rugs will definitely warm the room and your feet.
- Close the flue. Your fireplace can feel real cozy on a cold winter’s night, but be sure that when the fire is totally out that you close the flue so your furnace’s warmth isn’t escaping up the chimney.
- If you have ceiling fans on high vaulted ceilings, running them during the winter months can help push the warm air (that naturally rises) back down.
- Change your furnace filter. Dirty filters make the furnace work much harder which decreases its efficiency and raises the cost of warming your home.
- Block drafts from your windows and doors. Obviously the best thing to do is to replace something that is defective or to use weather stripping. If that’s not a possibility at the moment, sometimes using a blanket in front of a door or window can temporarily do the trick.
- Move furniture away from vents and registers to prevent them from blocking the warm air.
- Dress warmly. It’s easy to dress in layers, add a layer when you’re chilly and take off a layer as you warm up.
In the spring you may want to address some of the long term issues of staying warm during the winter.
Give us a call if you need a free estimate on a new roof – they help keep your house warm too!
**originally published 1/23/11