The cold winter months are here to stay. And right after you have had your fill of New Year’s thrill, you should be able to nurse that hangover and go back to maintaining your home for the rest of the winter season. One thing’s for sure, there are a ton of things you will need to do to keep your home warm.
Despite keeping your home from freezing over, you still have to make sure that your heating bills are kept to a minimum. It’s a sizable challenge to take on, but as a homeowner you know how important it is to keep your energy costs down just in time for spring.
Here are a few heating tips that should help you out.
Reinforce your curtains
Drafts can enter your home through gaps and small openings around your window. While you can always consider weather stripping your windows to keep the cold from entering your home, you will have to provide another layer of protection so that the residual chill doesn’t slip through.
For this, you may want to consider installing curtains made out of several layers of fabric or any thick material such as wool. You can also add extra layers of textiles such as rugs and carpets to effectively prevent heat escape.
Use programmable thermostats
Since we’re already living in the 21st century, it’s only proper that we change the way we look at our home heating systems. Sure enough, many homes are still using antiquated thermostats. But the thing about this is that traditional home heating systems tend to cost more and are not that very efficient when it comes to proper heating.
On that note, homeowners should consider transitioning to programmable thermostats that provide a wide range of energy-saving features. One such feature is zoned heating, which enables you to adjust the conditions in different parts of the house. A programmable thermostat can also adjust automatically to the best possible settings for optimum heating without consuming too much electricity.
Check your heating and air conditioning system
During the winter, you will have to make sure that your HVAC system is in proper working order. For this, you will need to check for any leaks and other issues that could damage the unit and cost you more than just hefty energy bills.
The first thing you will have to do is to check your air filters and make sure there are no blockages in the vents. Moreover, the winter season can be very harsh on the unit, so make sure to perform regular maintenance work so you can find any issues and fix them early on.
Open your curtains during daytime
If there’s a touch of sun, you may as well take it as an opportunity to heat your home naturally. In other words, you can draw back the curtains and get as much natural light and heat as you possibly can. This will make the interior of your home warmer and cozier.