Winter is fast approaching and you must prepare your beautiful home to combat the drop in temperature, keeping all family members warm and comfortable. Wondering how to keep your home warm this winter without increasing energy bills and being efficient? Are here 10 warm-up tips You can easily use it to keep your home warm when it starts to get really cold outside.
10 efficient and effective heating tips for a cozy winter
Let us begin!
1. Get a programmable thermostat.
Now I know you must have heard this over and over again. This small but clever piece of technology will help you control the temperature in your home with ease. You can set the temperature according to your needs when you are at home and you can also set a low temperature in the house and leave it for work or holidays. Rather than manually setting the temperature multiple times, program the thermostat to do your bidding.
2. Insulate your home.
A good and affordable way to heat your home is to insulate it. You can easily do it and improve the energy efficiency of your home. If your home is poorly insulated or has no insulation to begin with, there will be significant heat loss. Most of the heat escapes through the ceiling, walls, and floor, respectively. You will find the house much warmer once you insulate these areas, especially the ceilings.
3. Keep open spaces to a minimum.
Try not to build too many or too large open spaces in your home. Most of the time, these spaces are not used frequently or are not outdoors, which means that they do not need to be kept warm. Also, these are the areas where heat can easily escape.
But if you already have an open space or two for your home, inspect the area the draft is coming from and fix it by properly sealing the cracks. You can also put new seals for all the doors and windows in these spaces.
Another thing you can do is separate your living rooms from your bedrooms, this way you can heat specific areas where you need the most heat.
Four. Let the sunlight in.
This is the easiest of all the heating tips out there. Just open the windows and let the sunlight warm your home whenever you are in the house. And in case you go out or work and no one is in the house, you can simply open the curtains. Sunlight will slowly but steadily heat rooms even with windows closed. Therefore, part the curtains or open the windows all together so that the light shines and warms the rooms.
5. Close the curtains at night.
Talking about the curtains, keeping them closed at night will help trap heat inside the room and won’t let it escape through the windows. In addition to using thick curtains in winter to do this, you can also get insulated curtains for better results.
6. Change to reverse fan mode.
You may have heard of this reverse mode or winter setting in ceiling fans. Check if your ceiling fan also has one. And, if you have one, why leave the fan idle in winter when it can help warm the room a bit? When you switch to winter setting, the fan moves in reverse from left to right, doing so will scatter / push hot air trapped in the ceilings down. This technique is very useful for high or sloping ceilings. Also, remember to set the fan on low speed and not high speed or else it may cool the hot air.
7. Keep the vents clear of obstructions.
Go around the house and check all the vents for things blocking the way, like furniture or plants.
You may have rearranged the furniture in the summer and placed furniture near or right in front of the vents. You may have forgotten this, so double-check these spots to make sure they’re clear of any obstructions that could interrupt or even block airflow.
When the vents are blocked in a forced air central heating system, you may also have to deal with air pressure issues, resulting in a heat outage. Therefore, always keep the ventilation opening clear so that warm air flows smoothly to heat the rooms.
8. Cover hardwood floors.
While hardwood floors may not feel too cold on your feet, if they are not insulated, you can lose heat in the room. So yes, even hardwood floors need to be covered with rugs and rugs to keep rooms warmer. Since rugs and rugs are created to keep rooms cozy, they are great at trapping heat compared to hardwood floors. When winter approaches, dust off those beautiful rugs and lay them on your hardwood floors.
9. Put aluminum foil on the back of the radiator.
If you use a radiator to heat rooms, put aluminum foil on the back, this will help reflect heat back into the rooms instead of allowing hot air to rise to the ceiling. You can use a special reflective radiator foil or just choose the kitchen variety. One more thing you can do with the radiator is to place a shelf or table above the radiator. (When I say about the radiator, WHOSE means just above that. Never leave anything directly on it!) It will help the heat flow evenly throughout the room.
10. Use portable heaters.
A great way to heat rooms is to use space heaters, although it can be a bit risky if you’re not careful. When you only need to heat a certain part of the house, you can use a space heater. But when you do, remember not to keep any flammable material nearby and always place it on a stable surface. Don’t leave it on overnight or unsupervised. Get portable heaters with some useful features, like automatic shut off when tipped over, and timed portable heaters where you can set them to turn off after 1 to 4 hours of use.
In addition to using these heating tips, you should also get a reliable and professional HVAC technician to take a look at your heating system before the onset of winter. In this way, you will have a warm and welcoming home and office, all thanks to your heating system working efficiently and optimally.
I hope these heating tips help you and your family stay warm and comfortable during the cold winter months. Stay warm.