As winter approaches, it’s so important than ever to make your home safe, warm, dry and most importantly to save money. With more rain, wind & snow forecast over the coming months, now is the time to take action before it gets too late to do anything.
There are a few simple and effective steps homeowners can take to keep the warmth in and the winter out.
Seal Your Doors
Doors can let in a lot of cold air, especially if you have a draft underneath. Use a draft blocker to seal up the bottom of your doors.
Seal Your Windows
Check for drafts on all your windows using a lit candle or incense stick. When you find drafts, use weather-stripping tape to seal them up.
Use Insulated Curtains
Insulated curtains installed on your windows will keep out the cold air. You can purchase curtains with insulated backing. The investment will save you lots of money on your heating costs in the long-run.
Using the fireplace in the winter to stay warm can help. However take proper precautions, and remember to close the flue when you are done to keep the cold air from pouring down the chimney.
A programmable electronic thermostat will help you precisely regulate the temperature of your home. You can choose a setting that will keep you comfortable, and it will be maintained. Program it to lower at certain times of the day – when you are out of your home for a period of time such as work days or away for the weekend.
Check the insulation in your home, especially in your loft, and make sure the insulation covers the whole area. Also insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing.
If you have any furniture in front of heating vents, it will prevent the hot air from warming up the room, causing you to use more heat. Move furniture away from any vents so they’re not blocked.
Close Room Doors
If you’re not in or using a room, close the door at all times. It will help keep the heat in the room that you need it the most, rather than travelling around the house.
Finally, If you have windows in your home that receives sunlight during the day make sure the blinds or curtains are up or fully open and let the sun shine in as much and as long as possible.
Don’t just turn the thermostat up, try to apply some of these tips for keeping your house warm in the winter.