Will your home stay warm when jack frost comes to visit? Our infographic below will show you how to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long. From no-cost ways you can save money right now, to low-cost home repairs that will save you tons of money in the long run, here’s how you can keep your home warm all winter long.
coming here. And with this dreaded season comes the hassle of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature without breaking your wallet. From no-cost savings to buying better appliances for your home, let’s take a look at some easy things you can do to keep your home warm during the winter.
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- Reverse your ceiling fan to a clockwise direction.
- If you have a radiator heater, place tin foil behind it to move the warm air outward instead of upward.
- Let sunlight in during the day by opening curtains, but close them at night to help keep the cold out.
- Move furniture away from vents so heat can circulate throughout the room.
- Roll up a towel and place it at the bottom of doors and windows.
- Leave your oven open after baking to utilize the heat.
- Close doors in rooms you are in to keep them warm, or close doors to unused rooms.
- Close vents in unused rooms, so your heat will be utilized where it’s needed.
- Turn your thermostat down to 68°F during the day and lower at night when you sleep. To stay warm, use a heater in your room while you sleep
- Clean out your gutters to help prevent icicles from forming
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- Weatherstrip your windows to help seal gaps and prevent warm air from escaping (and cold air from entering)
- Replace your air filters. Not only does this extend the life of your HVAC unit, but also helps reduce your energy costs.
- Seal your doors. This helps prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from entering.
- Caulk your windows shut. Same benefits as weatherstripping, but a permanent solution.
- Install fiberglass insulation to help keep the warmth in and the cold out.
- Insulate your window panes to help keep the warmth in and the cold out.
- Use an insulation blanket on your hot-water heater to help keep the heat in your unit.
- Get a programmable thermostat to help automate your heater and prevent it from running unnecessarily.
- Get a chimney balloon to help prevent cold drafts from entering.
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- Get a home energy audit. A professional will come inspect your home and tell you ways that you can improve your energy efficiency.
- Buy an energy monitor to help measure your energy use and project your monthly bills.
- Clean all the air ducts in your home. Not only does this help improve your indoor air quality, but also keeps everything running smoothly.
- Buy a heated ceiling fan to assist in heating your room. A personal space heater will also accomplish this with less installation requirements.
- Install storm doors; giving you another layer of insulation between the cold outside air and your home.
- Buy an electric fireplace to not only help heat your home, but also provide ambiance to your home.
- Buy a new furnace. For optimal efficiency, it’s recommended to replace your furnace every fifteen years.
- Re-insulate your home. this is easily the most expensive and labor-intensive option to winterizing your home, but you will save lots of money in the long-run.
What are your favorite tips to keeping your home warm during the winter months?