When it’s cold outside, sure it can be fun to play out in the snow and wear our favorite coats, boots and gloves. But after an hour or so, once our fingers are starting to feel a bit frost-bitten, the truth is that we can’t wait to get inside to the warmth that is awaiting us.
So, if you’ve been wondering about some ways that you can heat up your home other than turning up your HVAC unit, we’ve got a few recommendations that can keep you feeling comfortable without you having to spend a lot of money on energy costs in the process.
Check these out below:
Use a programmable thermostat. Something that can help you to heat your home and also save you money on energy costs is to get a programmable thermostat. As a matter of fact, if you set it to run at around 73 degrees, you should be able to remain at a comfortable temperature year-round. Just make sure that you preset it to be around 70 degrees when you’re away from your house. That will prevent you from wasting energy.
Keep your blinds or curtains open during the day. Even during the winter months, the sun’s rays are a great way to keep your home warm, free of charge. So, when it’s daytime hours, make sure to leave your blinds or curtains open. After the sun sets, you can take some of the chill off of your windows by putting up some thermal curtains. They are made out of the kind of material that will keep the heat in your house while preventing cold air from getting in.
Close the doors of the rooms you’re not in. Although we don’t recommend that you close your vents (because that can sometimes cause your HVAC unit to have to work even harder), we do suggest that you close the doors to the rooms that you and your family are not occupying. That way, the heat that is coming into your house can be directed into a more centralized area.
Turn on your ceiling fans. We’re sure that some of you would be surprised that we would recommend that you turn on your ceiling fans. But the reality is not only do they help to improve indoor air quality, but since heat tends to rise, if you want to pull the heat from your HVAC unit closer to where you are, you can do that by setting your ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise position.
Add some tin foil. If you have a home with radiators in them, here’s an effective and also inexpensive tip: put some tin foil behind them. It’s an innovative way to prevent the heat that’s coming from the radiator from absorbing into the walls. Instead, by reflecting off of the foil, the heat goes back into your room. Speaking of great and cheap heating tricks, if you have single-pane windows, put some bubble wrap on them. That will prevent keep cool air from coming into your house without you having to spend lots of money on a new set of windows. It’s one of the best (and easiest) ways to keep heat in your home during the wintertime.