Even though the first day of winter isn’t until next week, some of us have already experienced frigid weather and snow on the road. We are here to give you tips on how to make your home feel warmer without turning the heat up. After you read this, everyone in your house will be warm and your wallet will be happy.
1. Draft Snake
This may be the oldest trick in the book. You can make one yourself or you can purchase one. Simply place a towel or the fabric tube under a door or on a window sill to prevent a draft from coming in. A towel under a door may be an eyesore. Thankfully draft snakes come in all different designs and colors!
2. Change Furnace Filters
Here is your friendly reminder to change your furnace filters once a month during the cold months. Having a dirty filter could restrict airflow and increase energy demand.
3. Window Insulation Film
This tip may cause you to do a little more work. You can purchase a kit from almost any hardware store. A kit includes plastic shrink film that is applied to indoor window frames as well as double-stick tape. Once you apply the tape and film use a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles.
4. Take Advantage of Solar Energy
When the sun’s out get your dark rugs out! Place these rugs in the sunny areas of your house to absorb the sun’s heat.
5. Keep the Oven Door Open
This one takes no effort at all. After you are done cooking, keep the oven door open to warm up the area around it.
6. Rubber Weather Sealing
This insulation might be a little less time consuming than the window film. Simply cut the self-stick rubber to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to close any gaps to keep out the draft.
7. Insulate Your Pipes
You can have a chance to pay less for hot water if you insulate your pipes. It can also decrease the likelihood of your pipes freezing. If your pipes are warm to the touch, that means they are good candidates for insulation.
8. Run Fans in Reverse
Most ceiling fans come with a switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Fans with counterclockwise rotation produces cool air while clockwise produces warm air.
9. Layered Curtains
A great way to add insulation to your home décor is by purchasing layered curtains. They may be a bit expensive but they are very effective.
10. Turn Down Your Water Heater
Many water heaters are set to 140 degrees. However, they don’t need to be. If you lower the temperature to 120 degrees you can reduce your water heating costs by 6%-10%.