Wondering how to keep your house warm? Try these great cost-effective solutions
If you live in a cold-weather area, you're familiar with cold toes and fingers, both outside and even inside your home. Heating bills can skyrocket in the winter months, and even if you don’t mind the cost of heating, it can be tough to get the temperature to the exact degree everyone in your home can agree upon.
Instead of struggling with temperature changes, try one of the following ten suggestions for how to keep your house warm. And don’t stop at just one of the tips. Try a few to find what works for you, or try them all!
Check to see if your windows are really closed
Windows are one of the biggest culprits for stealing heat from your home. They may look closed, but are they letting air in or out? The first thing to check is whether your storm windows are installed, closed, and latched. If you have screen windows, they should either be up or removed during the winter months.
Don’t let air escape
One way to stay warm when it’s cold is to seal any leaks around windows and doors. This can be done with caulk or by purchasing and installing weather stripping. Both options are long-term ways to keep heat in, so if you need to open windows regularly, this won’t be the most effective method.
Invite the free heat in
Wondering how to keep your house warm for free? Let the sunlight in during the day! Pull back your curtains and open your blinds. The warmth of the sun will warm up your home; it really is that simple!
Don’t let your paid heat out
If the sun is warming your home during the day but you’re concerned about how to keep your house warm at night, close the curtains. When the curtains are closed, there’s less chance that heat can escape through your windows. Insulated curtains will do an even better job of retaining warmth.
Move furniture away from vents
When you decorated your space, did you possibly move your couch or loveseat over a heat vent? Is a desk blocking a radiator? Clear space near any vents or radiators.
Close your doors
Want to keep it warm in one specific room or keep heat from going into unused spaces? Keeping doors closed can accomplish both of those goals. If you’re looking to warm up one room, such as a home office with a radiator, close the door when the house is heating up. The warm air will be trapped in your office, and when you’re ready to work, you’ll enter a warm room. Likewise, if you have a room or a specific area of the house that is not being used, don’t heat it! Close off those vents and keep the doors closed. This will keep the heat circulating only in the areas you occupy!
A rug can keep more than your feet warm
If you have wooden floors, you know how cold it can be when your feet touch the floor first thing in the morning. Unless you’d rather invest in a new sock collection, a rug is one of the best ways to trap heat in your room.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
If you like to feel toasty in the colder months, you probably turn up the thermostat throughout the day and night. To save money on your heating bill, lower your thermostat temperature when you’re out of the home or sleeping. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” Most programmable thermostats allow for multiple timed heat settings. Lower the heat when you don’t use it so that you can enjoy increasing the heat when you’re cold.
Do you have enough insulation?
If you’re looking for a bigger home improvement project to keep your house warm, consider adding insulation where necessary. Insulation should be in your attic, walls, and basement. Hire a professional to come inspect your home’s insulation; you might have enough! If you don’t, this investment will be sure to keep you warm this winter and in all future winters.
It’s been said that what’s most important is to keep the person warm, not the house. The house doesn’t mind being cold. The people inside of it are the ones who feel the chill of the winter’s air. If you’ve taken the time to warm your home but don’t want to invest any additional money, layer up on your clothing, get some good slippers, and invest in a heating blanket for cooler nights watching TV. There’s nothing better than kicking off your shoes and jacket and putting on warm slippers and a cozy sweatshirt.
We know you care about your home and will take the steps necessary to keep it safe and warm. Have you checked your home insurance recently? Make sure your home is protected and call your local Pekin Insurance agent today!
Do you know how to keep your house warm in the cold-weather months? Did we miss any tips? If so, share them in the comment section!