How to Keep Your House Warm without Blasting the Heat
If you grew up in a drafty house or just had a parent who liked to tell you to put on sweaters instead of turning the heat up, you know the pain of being cold in your own home. Now, if you own your own home or are responsible for a heating bill, you know the pain of paying for energy consumption. But surely there must be a middle ground between paying through the nose for utilities and freezing your pants off. Here are few helpful tips to guide you to a cozy home that won’t break your bank.
One of the most common ways heat escapes from a house is through unsealed windows and poorly fitting doors. Go around your house and caulk any windows that look like they might be letting air through. Check your doors that lead outside to see if you need to employ a draft stopper at the base of the doorway to stop cold air from getting in or heat getting out. If you’re crafty, there are a million ideas out there if you want to make your own. Same goes for caulking your windows — YouTube features hundreds of DIY tutorials that will ensure you don’t make a rookie mistake.
Utilize Natural Light
If your home or apartment gets a lot of sun exposure, make use of it! Open all of your curtains, blinds, and shades during the day to let in all that good sunlight. It will heat your home effectively and naturally without costing you a dime. As soon as the sun sets, close up all your window coverings to trap the heat your rooms have collected during the day. It’s a very effective way to make use of solar energy without actually installing panels. That said, if you have expensive, colorful furniture in any of these rooms, be aware that the colors might fade after prolonged sun exposure.
If you live in an older home and no Band-Aid fixes are doing the trick, it might be time to consider a more drastic measure. If you think the problem might simply be that the insulation in the house isn’t effective, consider replacing it. Fiberglass insulation is renowned for its ability to keep heat in and cold air out. If you have an attic that isn’t insulated, investing in fixing that problem will save you boatloads on your utility bill. Plus, during the summer, the insulation will be just as effective going the opposite direction and keeping cold air in and hot air out.
Close Your Doors
This may seem simple, but it’s something that doesn’t necessarily occur to a lot of people — especially those with smaller homes or apartments. Closing off rooms that are uninhabited (at the moment) or underused will make it much easier to heat the rooms that are in use — plus you’ll use less energy to do so. After all, there’s no point in heating anyplace other than the room you’re currently occupying. When you get your bill from ThinkHeat Virginia, you’ll have proof that there’s a lot more you can do on your own to keep your home warm other than turning up the thermostat.