5 Ways to Stay Comfortable and Warm This Winter
As temperatures drop and people yearn for comfy days at home, you likely have your eye on the thermostat and wait with trepidation for your energy bill to arrive. There usually is no escaping higher heating costs, but that doesn’t mean they have to skyrocket during the cold months. Here are some ways to help your family have a comfortable Winter.
Savvy Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, you probably don’t turn them on too much during the winter time. It doesn’t seem to make sense that blowing air is conducive to creating warm spaces. However, with a simple adjustment you can harness the power of the fan in your favor. Adjust the fan’s blades so that the leading edge is tipped down, then make sure it is running in the clockwise direction as viewed from below. This will move the warmer air near the ceiling down into the room you are using. Keep the fan on low speed.
You can use colder weather as a reason to gather family members into a few rooms, which will boost the cozy feel while you turn down the thermostat. By closing the vents in rooms you don’t need to use a lot, you can shift more warm air into the spaces you love to live life in. Get some board games, movies, or art supplies together and keep your home’s occupants in one or two rooms. The body heat will warm the space, and the camaraderie can warm your heart.
Homeowners looking to cut down on repair and energy costs would do well to get a routine checkup on their furnace if they want to have a comfortable winter. Maximizing airflow, changing filters, and dealing with problems before they get worse will lengthen the life of your furnace and stretch your energy dollars. Plus, you won’t risk allowing harmful gases such as carbon monoxide enter your home.
When you are preparing your home for winter weather, take a close look at your baseboards and around doors and windows. If you can see daylight through any cracks or places where weather stripping is missing, you likely are losing heat without even realizing it. You can also feel around doors and windows with your hands to check for small drafts or cold spots. Address any voids or cracked caulking right away to prevent further heat loss.
No one likes to walk around their home with five layers of clothing on, but adding just a sweater can allow you to turn down the thermostat two degrees, which will add up in energy savings over several months. Wear socks and long-sleeve shirts every day to help you resist the urge to turn up the heat. You can look at it as an opportunity to wear that wool sweater your aunt knitted for you two years ago.
Creating a comfortable winter setting in your home doesn’t have to require a great deal of sacrifice. These simple changes can help you maximize your home’s coziness factor this winter while also helping you save money.
Please also remember to bring your pets inside.