If you live in an area with bitterly cold weather, you may benefit from these tips we’ve put together to help keep your home warm and toasty while you’re waiting for spring to arrive!
Add a humidifier to your home
Adding a humidifier could help make your home feel warmer. As their name suggests, these devices work by adding moisture to the air to create a more humid environment. Anyone who lives in an area that experiences all four seasons knows, humid air is very warm. There are a wide variety of humidifiers available, including models in different sizes, so you can choose the best version for your home’s needs. However, it’s suggested to always use a newer, energy-efficient humidifier so that you aren’t spending extra money each month on your utility bills.
Leave the curtains open during the day
When the sun is out, leave your curtains open so that you can let in natural warmth and get rid of the chill in the air. You may be surprised by how much warmer the rooms that face the sun can be during the day, but don’t forget to close the curtains at night so that heat generated by your furnace or boiler can’t escape!
Use a programmable thermostat
To help with saving energy (and money) this winter, have a programmable thermostat installed. With one of these devices, you can automatically lower the temperature inside your home during the day when nobody is there. There’s no reason for you to keep the temperature warm if you aren’t there to enjoy it! Another perk of a programmable thermostat is that you can program your furnace to start raising the temperature in your home to be at the level you’d like by the time you return.
Check the direction of your ceiling fans
During the colder months of the year, set your ceiling fan blades to spin clockwise. This will force the fan to push warm air back down and into your living space. During the summer, ceiling fan blades should be spinning counterclockwise to pull warm air up toward the ceiling and off your family.
Make sure your vents aren’t obstructed
If certain rooms feel cooler than the rest of the home, be sure you don’t have blocked vents in these areas. Rugs, curtains, or furniture can block air flow from a vent. When this happens, warm air from your heating system can’t make it to your family.
Add extra insulation where necessary
If you’ve noticed that your feet are always coming in contact with a painfully cold floor, you may benefit from adding an extra layer of insulating material beneath your floor’s surface. Call an insulation or energy auditing expert to determine whether adding materials in these areas will help to solve some of your home’s comfort issues.
Leave the shower door open
After you’re finished bathing, leave your shower door or curtain open for a few minutes to let steam out in your bathroom and into the rest of your home. This steam could add a little extra warmth to your living space. Just don’t make this a habit throughout the year as a surplus of steam could eventually lead to the development of mold on your wall and/or floor surfaces.
Be sure you’re dressing for the weather, even if you’re inside the house. This is the perfect time of year to pull out your favorite sweaters, flannel pajamas and cozy scarves. For a little extra warmth, sip on some warm coffee, tea or hot chocolate.