This winter, don’t just crank up the heat when you’re feeling cold at home. There are so many different ways to keep your home warmer that won’t cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in utilities.
Many of the best ways to heat your home start with the choices that you make for your flooring, window coverings, and other permanent aspects of your home. If you didn’t build your home yourself, don’t despair. There are still lots of things you can do that won’t break the bank but will still help you stay warm this winter.
Today, we’ll show you our best tips for staying warm at home. We’ve gathered these from years of combined experience working in home renovations and design. If you run into any difficulties with any of our tips, stop by Duby’s Home Centre in Amherstburg and we can answer all your questions in person.
1. Install a programmable or smart thermostat
One of the most annoying things on a winter day is having to continually fiddle with your thermostat so it’s warm when you’re at home. If you forget, you could easily spend money heating an empty home, or wonder why it’s freezing when you’ve just gotten home from work.
To skip all of this fuss, install a programmable thermostat, then set it to turn on and off at set times. If you’re little more technologically adept, you can even opt for a smart thermostat, which you can operate with an app on your smartphone. That way, you can tell it to turn itself on when you leave the office, so your house is toasty-warm when you get home.
2. Open blinds during the day, then close them at night
The sun is a powerful source of heat, even on the coldest days of winter. To harness the natural power of the sun, make sure you’re opening your blinds and window coverings during the daytime to catch the sun. Then, when it gets dark again, close them back up. This helps keep heat from escaping through large windowpanes.
3. Use your ceiling fans
Did you know that ceiling fans are good for more than just moving warm air away in the summer? If you switch them to spin clockwise, they’ll push warm air back down towards the floor, closer to the occupants of the room. Try it on a low speed first. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make to the temperature of that room.
4. Unblock vents
Before you turn on your furnace for the season, go through your house and unblock all your vents. Make sure there’s no furniture or rugs in the way of the incoming air. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting a ton of energy heating hidden areas under your couch or behind your bed.
5. Use rugs
There’s nothing worse than getting out of a warm bed and stepping on to a cold floor that immediately drains heat from your body. Instead of putting up with cold tile or wooden floors, lay down rugs in areas where you want a bit more warmth. Some key areas would be in the family or living room, or by your bed.
If you’re putting down rugs over slippery flooring, make sure you use a slip-proof pad, so the rug won’t slide around and cause an accident.
6. Plug your fireplace
Fireplaces look beautiful and feel even better, at least when there’s a fire going. However, when they’re not in use, they suck heat up through the damper, raising the overall energy consumption of the home by more than 30% per year!
Fortunately, you can still have a gorgeous-looking fireplace and keep your home warm when it’s not in use. Just get a fireplace plug, which fits securely in the chimney and keeps heat inside the home.
7. Use curtains
Light, airy window coverings look great in the summer, but don’t do much for you in the cold winter months. In November through March, opt for thicker, generously sized curtains in heavier materials like velvet, velour, or corduroy. These curtains don’t even need to replace other window coverings – they work well when paired with blinds, honeycomb shades, or any other window covering that goes inside the window.
8. Keep blankets handy
When in doubt, one of the easiest ways to stay warm at home is to cuddle up in pile of cozy blankets. If you don’t already have blankets on hand, focus on buying some in naturally insulating materials like wool or flannel.
9. Seal any gaps
Before the cold of winter really sets in, double-check all the windowpanes, door frames, and other openings to your home. Are any of them loose or cracked? If so, take the opportunity now to fill them in with caulk or another sealant. You’d be surprised how much heat can sneak out of these little gaps.
Stay Warm with Help from the Duby’s Home Centre Staff
Is your house always cold in the winter? Come down to Duby’s Home Centre, and let us help you. We can suggest a variety of solutions ranging from simple fixes like caulking gaps in your door frames to a complete overhaul of your window coverings to keep heat inside.