Do you find yourself putting more layers on inside your home during winter?
Your home should be a place where you can be warm and take cover from the frigid weather. If you’re shivering while you’re on the couch, watching TV, then you might have some issues that need resolving.
In this post, we’re going to give you 7 simple hacks for a warm home this winter. Not only will these help you save money, but your home will be more energy-efficient and you’ll be happier because you’ll be more comfortable.
1. Program Your Thermostat
Being able to program your thermostat will give you a lot more control over the temperature in your home. With non-programmable thermostats, most people end up forgetting about them because it’s too much trouble to keep changing the temperature and too expensive to keep it warm throughout the winter.
2. Blocking Drafts
If you live in an older house, you might notice that it gets a bit drafty near the doorways and even up through the floorboards. Don’t waste any time blocking these areas with whatever you can find because these small passageways are going to slowly make your house colder and colder.
Poor insulation is going to dramatically lower the energy efficiency of your home and boost those energy bills all the while. Diagnose and fix this as soon as possible.
3. Repair Your HVAC System
When you can’t figure out why you’re so cold inside, there’s a good chance that there’s something wrong with your heating. To have your HVAC system looked at, contact us at Jerry’s Heating & Cooling. We can diagnose and repair problems with your furnace and/or heater so you can keep the cold from invading your home.
4. Let the Sun In
Letting the sun in during the day can help to heat up your home so you don’t have to turn your heater on. It’s completely free and works surprisingly well.
5. Move Furniture Around
If you’ve got a lot of seats, cabinets, bookcases, or other large pieces of furniture, it’s worth looking to see if they’re blocking your heating vents. This is something a lot of people tend to overlook when they think there’s something wrong with their heater. In reality, moving your furniture around might just do the trick.
6. Get Some Rugs
As we said earlier, older houses are prone to letting air in through small cracks and crevices that are either built into the home or develop over time. If your floors are noticeably cold in the winter, buy yourself a few area rugs and watch how your life changes for the better.
7. DIY Window Insulation
With older windows, you’ll again feel a lot of cool air coming through, especially during winter. Get yourself some plastic wrap or bubble wrap, cut it to the size of your windows and use some adhesive tape and a blowdryer to make it stick for the winter.
This works surprisingly well, although it’s not a permanent fix if you’ve got serious window issues.
Everyone Wants a Warm Home
Obviously, everyone wants a warm home during the winter months. These hacks are great for keeping your house a bit warmer during winter, but if you really want to make a difference, you’ll either get your heater fixed or replaced.