In the colder months of the year, it is important to learn how to heat your home efficiently. Learning to heat your home efficiently will help you save on your heating bill and make your home more inviting and comfortable during the winter months. You will be able to take advantage of these money-saving benefits for years to come.
Use Your Curtains to Heat Your Home Efficiently
Your curtains can be a great natural insulator during the night or when it is dark and gloomy outside. You can lose a lot of heat through your windows. By keeping your thick curtains closed when the sun isn’t out, you can retain more heat in your home.
On sunny days, open up your curtains and let the sunlight in. If you notice that the snow is melting outside, opening up your curtains will help to naturally heat up your home. South-facing windows get the most sun throughout the day.
Make The Most Out Of Your Insulation
Just about a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof. This is why it is so important to check the insulation in your attic. If you don’t have enough insulation in your attic, you could be losing big on your heating bill this winter.
More often than not, you can install insulation yourself by looking at tutorials online and investing in some affordable tools and protective gear. However, if you have an attic that is dangerous or hard to access, it is important to hire a trained professional.
Repair Cracks in Doors and Windows
When you have cracks around your doors and windows, you could be losing heat and letting cold air in. Sealing the gaps in your old doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping is an easy way to save big on your heating costs.
You may learn that your windows and doors are so old or damaged that you have to invest in new ones. In some cities, there are weatherization initiatives that provide homeowners with coupons for these types of repairs or replacements.
Upgrade Your Furnace
If you are turning up your heating dial and still not getting warm enough, you may have an inefficient furnace. A heating professional will be able to help you determine whether you need a tune-up or if a new furnace is in order. Replacing your furnace is an investment in your home that will save you money on your heating bill and add value to your property.
Don’t Block Your Vents
Placing large furniture items like a sofa or bed over your vents will heat that item, but the rest of your house is going to suffer. You may not even know that your vents are being blocked until you start looking. Moving your big furniture may be a hassle, but it will help to heat your home more efficiently.
Change The Direction Of Your Ceiling Fan
In the colder months of the year, setting your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise will help circulate the air that has risen to the top of the room. Running your fan in this direction will push the warm air down along the walls and to the floor.
These simple tips can help you heat your home efficiently this winter and for many years to come. While some of these tips may seem small, they will make a big difference when implemented altogether.
One effective way to pinpoint where you need to add insulation and seal gaps to heat your home efficiently is to order a home inspection that uses thermal imaging. Polar Home Inspections uses a thermal imaging camera for home inspections in Greater Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. Contact us to schedule an inspection.