The winter months can be long and very cold, and trying to keep a house warm throughout the winter can be pricey. With the cost of heating rising each year, we need to rethink our habits of going to the thermostat and bumping up the temperature.
To save money this winter, there are a few things you can do to maintain the heat in your house at a low cost.
- Air leaks. Seal up any air leaks to help keep the heat inside your home. It doesn’t matter if you are in a new or old home, air leaks can exist in any house or apartment. Pay attention to cuts made in drywall, as they allow heat to escape, too.
- Use the fireplace. Fireplaces are a great source of heat and can warm any room in a matter of minutes. Just make sure to close the damper when you are done. Closing the damper will save the heat from escaping.
- Ceiling fans. We all know heat rises. Change the direction of the blades on your ceiling fans. By changing the direction of the blades, this will allow the hot air to be pushed downward along the walls. This will make the heat move more evenly and help keep the room at a comfortable temp.
- Window treatments. Full drapes that are made of materials like wool or cotton blend will keep the warm air in. During the day, these materials are great for letting a natural source of heat in as well. Also, when the sun goes down, be sure to close them because they will help insulate any room. The more layers, the better.
- Area rugs. Area rugs not only add style, but they can help keep you warm during the winter months. By adding a few area rugs, this will add another layer of insulation to the floor.
These tips will help you stay warm this winter without spending a fortune. It is always important to remember that space heaters are not the best idea. They are expensive to run and can increase the risk of house fires.