10 Ways To Keep Your House Warm This Winter
The winter season brings the fun and frolic of the holidays, but also lower temperatures and sometimes inclement weather like ice and snow. We at PointClickSwitch get simply giddy with the approach of winter. We love the snow dusted trees and the promise of sledding or building a snowman! But during this season, it’s important to us that you be as cozy, snug and warm in your home as possible. So, we’re bringing you our favorite tips, tricks and hacks for keeping your house warm this winter. Best of all, these suggestions won’t break the bank!
Winter Checklist To Keep Your House Warm
Here’s a handy list of our best suggestions for keeping your house warm this winter. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of each of these items.
- Install a programmable thermostat, or set your heater on a timer.
- Install a door sweep at the bottom of exterior doors.
- Block any additional drafts with weatherstripping or expandable foam insulation.
- Open window coverings during sunny days and close them dusk to dawn.
- Have your furnace tuned-up.
- Have your water heater cleaned.
- Turn down your water heater’s temperature by a couple of degrees.
- Close off any unused rooms in your home.
- Invest in insulating window coverings.
- Cover bare floors with rugs.
Get The Most Out Of Your Heat
Raising the temperature in your home can wreak havoc on your bank account. To avoid shockingly high gas or electric bills, consider installing a programmable thermostat or set your heater on a timer. Both options can save you money in the long run. Also, make sure that you are paying the lowest possible rate for your home heating. Use this tool to find the lowest energy rate available to you.
Beware Of The Great Escape
It’s amazing how cold air can slip through even the smallest spaces. Do a walk through of your home, and look for any areas that are allowing cold air to seep in. Cold air is sneaky and can enter through pet doors, keyholes, fireplaces, electric outlets on exterior walls and gaps and cracks around doors. Consider installing a door sweep at the bottom of exterior doors, and look into weatherstripping and expandable foam insulation solutions to close up other drafty areas. It’s worth it to evaluate these easy and low-cost solutions, as just a little bit of cold air can really cause your home’s temperature to drop quickly.
Welcome The Sun
Winter days may be short and brisk, but there are still opportunities to let sunshine into your home. Take advantage of those few hours of rays by opening your curtains or shades and letting the sun warm your house. Closing your window coverings at dusk and then re-opening them on the next sunny day will help you maximize the heat in your home.
Love Your Furnace
If you want your furnace to keep you toasty all winter, take the time to give it some love. Whether you decide to hire a professional to inspect it, or you simply take the time to change the filter, your furnace is likely to do more heavy lifting for you this winter if it starts the season with a tune-up.
Water Heater Devotion
To prolong the life of your water heater and help it run more efficiently, make sure it is maintained and cleaned regularly. Another savings tip is to turn down the temperature by just a few degrees. Your family is unlikely to notice this small change, but you’ll see a difference in your utility bill.
Shut The Door On The Cold
The molecules in cold air are closer together and move much slower than those in warm air. To keep your house snug in winter, close off any unused rooms or spaces to stop the cold air from circulating throughout the house.
Windows Need Blankets Too
Investing in some heavy curtains or insulated blinds can help seal in warmth in the evenings and in the early mornings before the sun comes up. The right window coverings will also stop cold air from seeping in through cracks or gaps along the window sash and will deflect the cool air that tends to bounce off of windows from outside.
Cover Your Floors
Tile and wood floors are not only chilly on your feet when you step out of bed in the morning, but are responsible for much of the heat loss in a home. Take the time to invest in large throw rugs or floor coverings that can be rolled out and used as needed. This will help keep your feet happy and your house warm.
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