With the harsh winter weather, all of us are thinking of ways to keep our house warm, while saving some money as well. While you may be thinking that your furnace is the only way to keep your home warm, here are 9 other cost-effective tips:
Let the sun enter your home! Open your curtains and let the free heat from the sunlight enter the room. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, as this acts as insulation and keep your rooms warm.
Move your Sofa
While it might be comforting to have your sofa in front of the radiator, it’s not an efficient and advisable practice. The sofa is absorbing all the heat and hindering its dispersion all around the room. So move your sofa or curtains away from the radiator.
Reverse your Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, they may be sitting dormant during the winter months. However, many fans have a “winter” setting, which reverses the fan so that it moves clockwise and pushes the heat down into the room. It’s recommended to try it out on low speed.
Stop Blocking Your Vents
You may be unknowingly placing furniture in front of heating vents. Make sure to check your home for vents which are blocked due to furniture, and find a way to move it away. This will greatly increase the heat being distributed in the room.
Seal It Up
Air leaks are a nuisance if you’re trying to increase the warmth of your home. Check your attics, basements, kitchen, and rooms to locate any leaks in the wall. Your roof is definitely prone to leaks, so make sure to investigate for the presence of leaks.
Use Your Oven
Do a lot of baking, frying, and boiling as these activities help to keep your home warm, especially the kitchen. Go nuts on roasting the chicken or baking a ton of casseroles.
Choose Carpets and Rugs
Wooden flooring may look stylish, but they are not effective in trapping heat. Choose carpets and rugs which absorb heat better. You may add a rug to your wooden floor during winter.
Replace Your Boiler
If your boiler has been running for over 10 years, it may be time to change or upgrade it. Choose a more efficient model that uses less energy to produce high amounts of heat.
Keep Yourself Warm
Ultimately, the end goal is to keep yourself warm. So throw on some hoodies and sweaters, sip on hot coffee or tea, sleep with thick blankets over you, and do everything you can to keep yourself warm.