Winter is here! Brrr, it’s frigid out there. Inside at home though, it’s warm and cozy. At least it should be.
When the icy air of winter descends, cranking up your furnace is only half the battle when it comes to maintaining a comfy abode. You also need to keep your heating system running efficiently and track down any hidden weak points in your home that let the cold sneak in.
We want to give you some tips to keep your house warm and cozy – you’ll likely save on your energy bill as well.
Use Your Curtains
Heat from the sun is free to make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms. You should also make sure you don’t have any leaks or gaps so that the warm air can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.
Move Your Sofa
It might feel great to have your favorite seat in front of the radiator, but it’s absorbing heat that could be warming your home. By moving it away from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
Upgrade Your Roof’s Insulation
Upgrade your roof’s insulation to keep your home nice and warm during the winter. You can crank your furnace up all you want, but if your roof is poorly insulated, that heat will escape and leave you with a massive heating bill. With heat escaping, your home never reaches the desired temperature on the thermostat, so the furnace just keeps pumping out hot air, to no avail. At the same time, without proper roof insulation, cold air can enter your home during the colder months from outside. It’s critical to make sure your roof is insulated correctly when looking into temperature optimization upgrades for your home.
Rugs not only work to style a room, but they also do a good job of keeping your feet toasty if you have tile or hardwood flooring.
Grab a Hot Water Bottle
Tired of getting in a cold bed at night? Fill a hot water bottle (with hot water, of course!) and place it at the foot of your bed, underneath the blanket. It will help keep your feet warm.
Inspect Your Furnace
Whether your home is heated by a gas furnace or an electric heat pump, make sure your system is in good working order. Set your thermostat to Heat mode and bump the target indoor temperature a few degrees above its current reading. After a few moments, you should hear the furnace leap into action.
Your house should be a refuge from frigid weather, not an extension of it, we will be more than happy to make this possible! Contact us today!