Throughout the winter, you and your family will experience your fair share of visits from friends, family, and loved ones. You will want your home to be warm and inviting for your guests, but you also want to avoid climbing energy costs. Keep your home warm this winter and use your home energy more efficiently with these tips!
Keep your door shut tight. Take a look at your entry way and ensure that your front door is doing its job. An entry door that isn’t properly sealing shut is allowing energy to escape. During the winter, families pay a lot of money to pump warm air into their homes to stay comfortable. If your entryway door is not sealed properly on all sides, it is allowing warm air to escape. Ultimately, you are throwing money and energy right out your front door! To eliminate this problem, ensure that your doors are equipped with the proper weather stripping on all sides.
Let the sunlight in! We all know the hours of natural light are limited during the winter, so leave your blinds open during the day to soak up as much sun as possible. Doing so can help eliminate the need for use of electricity to see during the day, and can even boost the temperature of your home slightly so you can lower the temperature of your thermostat. When the sun goes down, be sure to close your curtains and blinds to help trap the heat created throughout the day.
Be mindful of your fireplace use. Fireplaces create a warming, festive environment throughout the winter, but they can be detrimental to your home’s heating system. Cold air can easily enter through your chimney flue, so make sure it is closed when your fireplace is not in use. To make the most of the heat your fireplace generates, utilize glass panels or doors to keep the cold from coming in through your fireplace. Heat rises, and a fire can take the warm air you are pumping into your home through your thermostat system if you aren’t careful!
Utilize your ceiling fans. You might be thinking “That will only make my home colder!” Take a look at the fans in your home – many are equipped to run clockwise and counter-clockwise. By flipping the switch and running your fan counter-clockwise, you’re able to push heat back down into your home that would otherwise remain trapped near your ceiling.
Keep interior doors shut. If you only occupy certain rooms in your home, keep the doors to the less frequented spaces shut. This will keep the main rooms in your home warmer and use less energy to do so. When you’re going to utilize a shut-off room, simply open the door and let the warm air in!
Get cooking! Using kitchen appliances such as your oven can exponentially warm your home. The holidays are a time of cooking delicious meals and baking scrumptious treats, so don’t be afraid to pop a roast in the oven for a few hours or bake up large batches of chocolate chip cookies. You’ll be doing your family and your home a favor!
Incorporate throw rugs into your décor. Hardwood flooring can be a factor contributing to the cold temperatures throughout your home in the winter. Find a way to use area rugs or runners on your hardwood floors to help trap in some heat.
It comes down to keeping you and your family comfortable this winter season. You can only do so much to winterize your home, so be sure to keep plenty of throw blankets and spare sweatshirts around for the cold months!