One of the biggest concerns for homeowners, now that we are in the midst of winter, is making sure that your home stays warm enough to be a comfortable temperature all day long. The biggest obstacle is also making sure that your heating bill isn’t astronomically high when it comes in at the end of the month. So, how do you keep your home warm this winter, without going into debt for your heating bill?
Make sure your home is well insulated
The biggest culprit of wasted energy, is improper home insulation. If you don’t have good insulation, all of the hot air inside your home will leak out, leaving you with a cold, drafty home. Start by checking the insulation and weather stripping on your doors and windows. This is an easy DIY project that won’t cost you much, but will make an immediate difference to the overall temperature of your home. It will be easy to tell if your windows and doors are missing their weather stripping, and it should be replaced every few years anyway to ensure efficiency.
Open up your window coverings
During the day time, open up your blinds and curtains to allow sunlight into the room. The sunlight will naturally warm up your home, so your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard. Even just a few hours with sunlight streaming into your home will make a stark difference in temperature.
Lower your thermostat while you sleep
When you’re sleeping, you’re bundled up under blankets, maybe snuggling up next to your partner, and in warmer clothing than you may be wearing during the day. So, you can lower your thermostat by a few degrees while you’re sleeping. Set it to kick back to its normal temperature shortly before you wake up, so you’re not shivering and reaching for a jacket when you get up. You may even find that you’re more comfortable as you sleep, with a lower temperature set on your thermostat. This is because most people actually sleep better at a cooler temperature, so you’re at less of a risk of overheating while you sleep, this way.