The cold winter months are slowly but surely creeping upon us, but there’s no need to break the bank on heating costs trying to stay warm. Even though nothing feels better than relaxing in a cozy home when the Jack Frost comes knocking, there are other ways to keep the cold at bay than to crank up the heat and rack up excessive energy fees. We want to share a few simple and practical tips to stay warm this winter.
Heavy curtains over the windows will help keep cold air out
Dress up the Windows with Thick Curtains
Just as you dress in heavier clothes when it gets cold, cover your windows with thicker curtains in the winter. Thick curtains or drapes will work as insulation on the windows and conserve warmth within the home. Keep the curtains and blinds open on windows that receive direct sunlight to make use of the natural heat during the day, then close the curtain at night to seal in the heat.
Weatherstripping is an inexpensive and easy way to keep out the cold
It’s hard to fight the laws of thermodynamics and cold air will find its way into your home anyway it can. Check windows and doors for cold air leaking in that can also cause drafts. Weatherstripping is an effective and inexpensive way to keep cold air from sneaking into your house. Self-adhesive weatherstripping should be easy to find at any local hardware store.
Pictures or bookcases on outer walls helps insulate the home
Let Art Work for You
Anything you can do to improve insulation will help keep your house warmer, especially on outer walls. Pictures, tapestries and even mirrors on the walls can help to further insulate your home and keep the cold from getting in. Bookshelves or cabinets on outer walls are also especially effective as insulators.
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Reversing your fans is an easy way to distribute warm air evenly
The Changing of the Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, an easy way to disperse heat evenly throughout a room is to switch them to blow up toward the ceiling. Hot air rises and collects near the ceiling. Reversing your fans to blow air towards the ceiling will push the warm air throughout the room evenly. This is particularly effective is large open spaces.
Proper insulation on your hot water tank saves energy and heat
Insulate the Source
If your hot water tank is not properly insulated, you can be losing over 10% on energy bills over the winter. Many older models are not insulated and lead to heat loss and higher energy costs. A simple fiberglass insulation around the tank can keep you warmer with a bit more money in the bank.
Before winter comes on strong, remember these simple tips to keep your home warmer and your pockets fuller. The weather may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean your house has to be as well. Keep warm this winter by following these simple tips.