One of the main concerns of homeowners during wintertime is, obviously, keeping their houses warm. More importantly, how to keep their homes warm without spending too much.
To help folks like you out, we have listed a few ways to keep your home cozy and warm without making a big dent in your budget.
- Move the furniture around
We understand that it’s nice to set your couch beside the radiator during winter, but all it does is contain the heat in one area instead of keeping a larger portion of the house warm. Try moving around some furniture that’s blocking the radiator to spread some of the heat around.
- Let the sunlight in
There’s nothing like letting some light and warmth from the sun into your home. One, it’s absolutely free. Two, the light emitted by the sun is healthy for you as it is a great source of vitamin D. Three, did we mention that it’s free? So keep your curtains open throughout the day to let as much natural light and warmth inside.
- Close the curtains at night
On the flip side, once dusk sets in, close the curtains in your home to keep the warmth accumulated throughout the day inside. Your curtains sort of act as an additional layer of insulation that helps regulate the temperature inside the house to keep you and your family comfortable.
- Make sure your insulation is maximized
Speaking of insulation, even before wintertime hits, make sure that you set aside time to inspect your insulation and see if it needs to be reinforced or replaced. The best time to check and improve your house’s insulation is in late spring or early fall.
- Set a timer on your heating system
Setting your heater to turn on at a lower temperature a few minutes before you get up in the morning is a lot cheaper compared to turning it on at the time you need it at the temperature you need. Boilers heat up at a steady pace regardless of the thermostat level you pick. Just make sure you turn it off when you leave the house.
- Seal cracks on walls, windows, and doors to prevent drafts
Drafts are a big cause of cold air circulating the house. Before the cold weather rolls in, inspect every nook and cranny of your home for cracks on walls and gaps on windows and doors. If you happen to spot some draft sources, recaulk or seal them. If your windows or doors need to be replaced, look immediately for residential windows or doors in nearby home centers to have them installed immediately.
- Use area rugs and carpets
Rugs and carpets don’t just add aesthetic value to your home. They also act as insulators that absorb heat and keep your feet warm and cozy, on top of wearing socks.
- Replace your furnace filter
If you noticed that your house isn’t getting any warmer even with the furnace turned on, perhaps its filter is already dirty and needs to be replaced. Check your furnace filter when this happens and either clean it up or replace it as needed.
We hope you find the above tips helpful. If you have other money-saving tricks up your sleeve to keep your house warm and comfy, please feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.