Winter can bring bitter cold spells and endless showers of snow. This can really have an impact on your general comfort because at times, you may find it impossible to keep your home warm.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
You should always think about investing in a programmable thermostat. A lot of energy providers will actually offer you this for free if you sign up with their services. Of course, it’s important to know that different providers will offer you different thermostats and some of them will be much more customisable when compared to others. The best thing about having one in your home is that it gives you the chance to control the temperature down to the degree. It also makes it possible to turn your heaters on and off during the day, so the living room can be nice and toasty for when you wake up in the morning. Heating oil tanks are also ideal if you want to upgrade your home’s heating.
Turn the Heat Down
It may sound strange to turn the heat down when you are trying to keep your home warm, but this can really help you out with your energy bills. When you get home and feel the blistering cold temperature of your house, you may be tempted to crank the heating all the way up. Instead of doing this, try and turn it up and see how that goes. Usually you won’t notice a degree or two difference, and this can have a huge impact on your bills. If you still feel cold, turn it up again and do this until you find the perfect temperature.
Warming up the Kitchen
When you are done using the oven, don’t let all of that trapped heat go to waste. Leave the oven door open, so that all of the heat can rush out into the room. This will let your oven cool down faster and it will also warm up your kitchen significantly. This is a small trick but it can make a difference to the warmth of your home. You do need to watch out if you have small kids however, as this can pose as a hazard.
Watch Your Fireplace
If you don’t use your fireplace then always make sure that the damper is shut. A hole in your ceiling could really be making your house feel cold. If you have doors on your fireplace then shut them, and only light it on the coldest of days.
Thick curtains can stop the cold from penetrating a room. The main reason for this is because it acts as another layer against the cold. Think of it as insulation! If you want to trap the heat in the room then always keep the curtains shut on colder evenings. If the sun is shining
If you can, you should make sure that the door sweeps underneath your doors are in good condition. They act as a weather-stripping barrier between your home and the cold outside, but over time their condition can deteriorate, and they can also become way less effective. If you want to get around this then a quick look will determine whether or not something needs to be done. Replacing your weatherstrips isn’t too difficult and if you are willing to fiddle around then there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t be able to do it yourself.
Your attic should always have insulation. You need to get a professional to take care of this for you. The attic is a fantastic place for cold air to enter your home. A general rule to follow is if you can see your joists, you need some more insulation. If you can’t then there is a high chance that you are probably okay.