Nights are getting shorter and the mercury is steadily falling. What that means is that winter is most definitely on its way. Now is the time to get your home ready for those windy, snowy days and bone-chillingly cold evenings. In this guide, you’ll learn how to keep your home warm in winter without sending your energy bills through the roof. Start putting these ten winter home-heating tips into action today, and you’ll enjoy a warmer and cozier home this winter.
Open the Curtains During the Day…
Open the curtains during the day to allow sunlight in and you’ll increase the warmth in a room the natural way. However, it’s important to know which curtains to open as you don’t want to open them all. Only open the curtains through which windows receive direct sunlight. For the best results, only keep the curtains open while the sun is shining through the windows and into the room.
…Keep the Curtains Closed at Night
When the sun no longer shines through a window and into a room, close the curtains to retain the heat inside. Your choice of curtain also impacts your home’s level of warmth. Instead of light and airy curtains, you’ll want to use your heaviest and most insulated curtains in the winter. They will help prevent drafts and loss of warmth.
Set Ceiling Fan Rotation to Clockwise
Every ceiling fan has a switch that’s located on its housing. This switch controls the rotation of the blades. In winter, you want to set the switch so that the blades rotate in a clockwise direction. Moving in this direction causes the blades to pull warm air trapped up by the ceiling back down into the room where it can be re-circulated. Also, be sure to keep the fan on its lowest speed for the best results.
Clear Obstructions From the Vents
Your furnace vents can only work if they’re not obstructed. So, if you have furniture on top or in front of your vents, rearrange the room. You’ll want to make sure the vents are open, and the warm air being produced by your furnace can disperse into the room unobstructed.
Seal Air Leaks
A home can have dozens of hidden air leaks. The trick is to find them and seal them to prevent heat loss in the winter. Areas of concern can include windows and doors, attics and basements, crawlspaces, the points at where plumbing pipes enter the home, and cracks in the home’s exterior.
Add Insulation to the Home
Simply adding a fresh layer of insulation in your attic can have a big effect on how your home retains warmth in the winter. Since heat rises, the extra insulation on the attic floor will help keep the warm air inside where the ceiling fan can re-disperse it.
Bake a Cake or Roast a Chicken
Winter is no time to use the microwave; instead, it’s the ideal time to use the oven. When the temperatures dip outside, warm up the inside of your home by baking a cake or roasting a chicken or vegetables for dinner. The heat produced by your oven will help keep the rooms that are closest to the kitchen nice and toasty.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re still relying on an old mercury thermostat to control your home’s heat, then it’s time to get with the times. Replace it with a programmable thermostat (or even better, a SMART thermostat), and you’ll enjoy greater control over your heating and your energy bills.
Keep Air Intake Vents Clean and Open
If you have a central HVAC system, then you have air intake vents in your home. Make sure these vents are clean and unobstructed. This is important for maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, but it’s equally as important when it comes to reducing strain on your HVAC system.
Replace Drafty Windows
Drafty windows can account for as much as 25% of a home’s heat loss. You can try to improve the situation by installing plastic insulation film over the windows or by a variety of other methods. But in some cases, the best solution is to replace the old windows with new Energy Star-certified windows. New windows will restore your home’s beauty, increase its value, and make your interior much more comfortable this winter.
How to Keep Your Home Warm in Winter
Thompson Creek Window Company can handle every aspect of your window replacement, from the measuring to the manufacturing to the installation. Our window experts will design your new windows custom for your unique home using the very best energy efficient materials. If you need new windows, get them installed before the real cold sets in, so you can enjoy the beauty of winter without the chill. To learn more, contact Thompson Creek and get a free estimate for your new windows today.