Winter is approaching fast and you need to prepare your lovely home to battle the plummeting temperature, keeping everyone in the family warm and snuggly. Wondering how to keep your home warm this winter without spiking the energy bills and be efficient? Here are 10 heating tips you can easily use to keep your home warm when it starts to get halting cold outside.
10 Efficient & Effective Heating Tips for a cozy winter
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1. Get a programmable thermostat.
Now I know you must have heard this over and over. This little but clever piece of technology will help you control the temperature in your home with ease. You can set the temperature as per your need when you are home and can also set a low temperature at the house, and leave it for work or vacation. instead of manually setting up the temperature multiple times, program the thermostat to do your bidding.
2. Insulate your home.
A good and affordable way to warm up your home is to insulate it. You can do this easily and enhance your home’s energy efficiency. If your home is poorly insulated or doesn’t have any insulation to begin with, there will be a meaningful heat loss. Most amount of heat escapes by the ceiling, the walls and the floor respectively. You will find the house much warmer once you insulate these areas especially the ceilings.
3. Keep open plan spaces to a minimum.
Try not to build too many open plan spaces, or very large ones, at your home. Most often, these spaces are not in frequent use or outside, which method they don’t need to be kept warm. Also, these are the areas from where heat can easily escape.
But if you already have one or two open plan spaces for your home, inspect the area for where its draft is coming from, and fix it by properly sealing the fractures. You can also place new seals for all doors and windows in these spaces.
Another thing you can do is to detach living rooms from your sleeping quarters, this way you can heat specific areas where you need the most amount of warmth.
4. Let the sunlight in.
This one is the easiest of all the heating tips out there. Just open up the windows and let the sunlight warm your home whenever you are in the house. And in case you are going out or to work and there is no one in the house, you can simply open up the curtains. Sunlight will slowly but steadily heat the rooms already with closed windows. So, either part the curtains or open up the windows all together to let the light shine & warm the rooms.
5. Close the curtains during the night.
Talking about the curtains, keeping them closed at night will help trap the heat inside the room and not let it escape by the windows. Besides using thick curtains in winter to do this, you can also get insulated curtains for better results.
6. Switch to reverse fan mode.
You may have heard of this reverse mode or winter setting on ceiling fans. Check if your ceiling fan has one too. And, if you got one why let the fan sit idle in winter when it can help a bit to warm the room. When you switch to winter setting the fan moves in reverse from counterclockwise to clockwise, doing so will spread / push down the hot air retained up at ceilings. This technique is pretty handy for high or sloped ceilings. Also, remember to set the fan on low speed and not on high speed or else it may cool the hot air.
7. Keep vents free of any obstructions.
Go around the house and inspect all heating vents to see if there are things blocking the way like furniture or plants.
You may have rearranged the furniture in summer and may have placed furniture near or right in front of vent openings. This may have slipped your mind, so double check these places to ensure they are clear of any obstructions that may disrupt or already block the air flow.
When return vents are confined in a forced-air central heating system, you may have to deal with air pressure problems in addition, resulting in interruption of heat. That is why, always keep vent opening clear for smooth flow of hot air to warm the rooms.
8. Cover the wooden floors.
While wood floors may not feel too cold on your feet, if they are not insulated you can lose heat in the room. So yes, already wooden floors need to be covered with carpets and rugs to keep rooms warmer. As carpets and rugs are produced to keep rooms cozy they are great for trapping heat when compared to wooden floors. When winter is nearing, dust-off those beautiful carpets and lay them over the wood floors.
9. Place tinfoil on radiator’s back.
If you use radiator to heat the rooms, place tinfoil on its back, it will help mirror heat back into the rooms instead of letting hot air rise to the ceiling. You can use either a special reflective radiator foil or just go with the kitchen variety. One more thing you could do with radiator is to place a shelf or table over the radiator. (When I say over the radiator, I DON’T average right on top of it. Never keep anything directly on it!) It will help with the already flow of the heat throughout the room.
10. Use space heaters.
A great way to heat rooms is to use space heaters, although it can be a bit risky if not careful. When you need only a certain part of the house to be warmed, you can use a space heater. But when you do, remember not to keep any flammable material near it and always put it on stable surface. Do not leave it on overnight or unattended. Get space heaters with some handy features such as automatic shut-off when tipped over, and timed space heaters on which you can set it to shut down after 1 – 4 hours of use.
Besides using these heating tips, you also have to get a specialized and reliable HVAC technician to have a look at your heating system before the start of winter. This way you’ll have a warm and cozy home & office, all thanks to your heating system functioning efficiently and to its optimum.
I hope these heating tips help you and your family to stay warm and comfortable in halting winter months. Keep warm.