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6 Ways To Keep Your House Warm (And Save Money) This Winter

6 Ways To Keep Your House Warm (And Save Money) This Winter

We are finally in the “ber” months! It is once again a season full of hot chocolate, cozy pajamas, and joyous laughter. With that image in mind, who does not like the winter season? Well, unfortunately, the Christmas season does have a bit of a downside. Although we love the season of love, this also gives us extremely cold weather. Our teeth are chattering, and the enormous amount of blankets never seems to be enough to combat the winter season. However, do not fret because we are here to help with this problem. Enjoy the holiday festivities without the hassle of freezing to death!

Without further ado, here are the six ways you can keep your house warm (and save money) this winter:

  1. Insulate Everything (And We Mean Everything)

Keeping your home warm during the winter does not always have to be costly. There are budget-friendly ways that you can do this, and one of those ways is through insulation. Studies state that homes that are not insulated lose about 25-25% of their warmth through the roof. With that said, it would be helpful to have your roof and walls insulated so that the heat will stay in your home. Moreover, insulation can also be used in keeping your garages warm.

Before you think that garages are not important, let us tell you that this area of your house gets the chilliest in winter. The concrete floors and lack of ventilation contribute to keeping the atmosphere cold. And if you’re going to install heating in your garage, make sure to check out the difference between propane vs kerosene garage heaters.

Furthermore, insulating your roofs and walls also keeps your home cool during the summer season. The science behind this is that insulators are barriers to heat transfers. Heat is kept in a particular place because it is deflected by the insulator.

For those reasons stated above, installing insulators in your home is a good investment. It is not only cost-effective but also surely reliable. It is also easy to install, which is why most homeowners turn to DIY methods. However, it is still best to have a professional install it.

2. Use Your Curtains: Let The Sun In And Shut The Cold Out

The sun is still the best source of heat (and it is free). With that said, it would be helpful to keep your home warm if you open your curtains during the day. By doing so, you are letting the sun rays in your home and thus effectively warming the place.

Another way to utilize your curtains is by shutting them close once night falls. Closed curtains, most especially if it is thick, acts as another layer of insulation. Studies show that 40% of heating energy is lost through the windows (source), so it is a must to keep those shut during the nighttime to trap the heat in. In addition to that, it would also be helpful if you make sure there are no gaps or leaks in your windows so that there will be no airflow.

3. Move Your Sofa Away From The Heater

A little furniture rearrangement won’t hurt your home. Although you may be tempted to place your sofa near the radiator, it is still a must that you do not. If you do so, your sofa will block and absorb all the heat coming from the radiator and, as a result, leave your home feeling cold. Your radiator should not be blocked by anything to allow the smooth flow of hot air to all parts of your home.

4. Seal All Draughts

Similar to how you should check for cracks in your window, you should also check for any draughts in your home. For doors, you may seal them with supplies you can easily find at any hardware store. Some of what you may use are weather seal tape, silicone sealant or caulk, and storm-proof seals. If you are unsure of what to see in your home, then you may just ask for assistance from any hardware store employee. If you happen to have a chimney, then you may block it off with a damper or chimney balloon when you are not using it. By blocking these openings, you prevent the cold air from coming into your home. As an additional tip, it is best to do this before the winter season comes.

5. Put Your Fans In Reverse

If your fan has a reverse feature, then do not let it go to waste. By putting your fans in an anti-clockwise motion, it will prevent the warm air from rising and push it back down to the surface level. Because of this, warmth will be kept longer in your home. As a bonus, you will not be paying for any additional charge here compared to the warmth measures previously mentioned.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to perform the winter home maintenance checks you can’t afford to miss.

6. Time To Rug Up

Do not make the mistake of neglecting your floors because this is the most crucial part. Most households use tiles as their floors, and that material can get exceptionally cold during the winter season. If you wake up in the middle of the night and walk barefoot, then you are in for a rude awakening. To avoid this hassle situation, it would be helpful if you covered your floors with rugs. In addition to that, the soft material of rugs provides comfort and extra warmth protection.

Key Takeaways

We all love the Christmas season; however, the cold weather can be quite a hassle. Most often than not, it is somewhat expensive to keep our homes warm by keeping multiple heaters open. On the other hand, there are remedies that you can take to keep your house warm while being cost-effective.

You can install insulators in your roof and walls, utilize your curtains, remove all the things blocking your radiator, seal all openings in your home, put your fan in reverse, and rug up your floors. Those are just simple measures, but it guarantees to allow you to enjoy the winter season without the hassle of having a cold home.


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