Warm Up Your Home Without Cranking Up The Furnace
Warm Your Home Without Cranking Up The Furnace
December has been cold for many across the country. Temperatures continue dropping, and snow or freezing rain keeps falling. It’s been cold to say the least.
But now we're heading into January and guess what? Now it’s time for winter to really begin!
Of course, expenses are up for everyone as well. Electricity, gas, food prices, and we just finished all that holiday shopping. We all could use some tips on making sure we can save a little and still stay extra warm for these coming months.
We’re sharing some tips on what you can do to warm your home without cranking up your furnace. Read on to learn more!
How to Warm Your Home Without Cranking Up the Furnace
Use the Fireplace
Using a fireplace is a great way to heat up your home without turning up the furnace. Of course using a fireplace also comes with some safety concerns, so make sure to check out our blog post Homeowner’s Guide to Fireplace Safety.
Seal Windows and Doors
Nothing sucks heat out more than having drafty windows and doors allowing the cold air into your home and the warm air out. You can really help retain the heat by properly sealing windows and doors.
The closed door is a powerful tool to trap heat in rooms. Shutting doors prevents warm air from escaping and conserves heat. Combined with properly sealing for air drafts, you can ensure the most efficiency to heating a room without turning up the thermostat and your furnace.
Use Rugs and Carpeting
Rugs and carpet insulate rooms and help trap heat. Liberal use of area rugs or carpeting in larger rooms can help keep warmth, without necessarily using another heating source.
Light up some Candles
Candles are just lovely when it comes to the holiday season, and there are great benefits to continuing to use them long after the holiday season has passed. For candle safety, download National Fire Protection Association's great tips on Candle Safety for great advice on keeping safe from fire hazards while using candles.
All the ongoings in the kitchen are some of the most effective ways to warm your home. The stove and oven generate lots of heat, and by baking and using the stovetop to make all those wonderful meals and treats, you can easily add heat to your home. Another bonus of getting the oven and stovetop up and running and you're cooking away, is you may also pull everyone into the kitchen for some winter fun! For more tips download Cooking Safety from the NFPA.
Maximize the Forces of Nature
Using the sun as a heat source works wonders for your home. In fact, the sun is closer to the Earth during the winter months versus the summer, meaning you can really take advantage of the warm light to heat your home when it’s cold outside. Try to get as much sunlight into rooms during the daylight hours. Close drapes in the evening to trap heat for the night. Don’t forget the plants and foliage for your home. You can place evergreen trees to shield from harsh winter winds, and shrubs planted around the perimeter of your house (about one foot from wall) will act as an insulator in winter. Shrubs also help keep snow from piling up against the house in the event of drifting snow during major storms.
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