Now that winter is here, most people are looking for ways to keep their homes stay warm during the coldest months of the year. Beyond making sure your HVAC system is functioning properly, there are a few simple strategies you can leverage to keep your home warm even with bitterly cold outside temperatures. Consider these five tips to help keep your home warm, comfortable, and save energy this winter.
Invest in Quality Insulation
Many homes possess inadequate insulation, which leads to heat loss through walls and floors. Investing in higher-quality insulation will significantly reduce this heat loss, keeping more heat inside your home while lowering your utility bills. It’s also important to check for any air leaks around windows or doors where cold air can enter the home, as these need to be sealed to benefit from increased insulation fully.
Install Storm Windows or Doors
Storm windows and doors act as extra layers of protection against cold air flowing into the home from outside sources such as windows or weak weatherstripping around doors. They come in various types ranging from plastic sheaths to full-frame models installed directly over existing windows or doors. They provide an extra barrier of warmth around the perimeter of your home while also helping maintain a comfortable temperature indoors during even the most frigid days of winter.
Circulate Air with Ceiling Fans
Running ceiling fans on a low setting can help circulate warm air throughout will keep your home warm without putting too much strain on your heating system. By running the blades at a low speed clockwise (on a pull-chain switch setting) during cooler months, it forces warm air down toward the floor, creating an evenly heated environment throughout all levels of your house.
Use Window Film
Installing window film is another effective way to keep your home warmer during winter if replacing single-pane glass with double-pane isn’t an option. Window films come in clear or frosted options and work by reflecting heat away from glass surfaces before it can escape through thin sections of existing glazing material like single-hung windows and sliding doors commonly found on many types of homes.
Seal Open Vents or Ductwork
Any open vents or ductwork should be properly sealed off when not expected to be used for extended periods so as not to allow warm air to seep out through cracks undetected by regular use alone
The primary benefit obtained here is improved efficiency when running HVAC systems which translates into lower utility costs over time while providing an added layer of comfort during sleep hours when temperatures can drop substantially overnight depending on climate conditions present within each particular area.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep your home warm, cozy, and comfortable throughout the entire winter season while also saving money on energy bills due.