Staying Warm and Cost-Effective Heating During Winter
Updated: Jan 19
Keeping your home warm during the winter months doesn’t have to be expensive—or difficult. There are a number of practical, easy steps you can take to stay comfortable while also keeping your energy bills in check. Read on for some helpful tips on how to stay warm and cost-effective this winter.
How to Stay Warm Economically This Winter
Winter is here, and for many of us, that means it's time to start thinking about ways to stay warm without breaking the bank. With rising energy costs and the added strain of a global pandemic in the rearview mirror, it's more important than ever to find ways to save on your heating bill. Here's how you can do just that.
Insulate Your Home
Why is insulation So Important?
Insulating your attic is one of the best ways to ensure that heat stays in and cold air stays out during winter months. Proper insulation will help in keeping your home warm without breaking the bank. If you’re a homeowner, you may want to consider hiring a professional to inspect your walls, foundation, and attic for any potential areas that could be improved with insulation. If you haven't done so already --now is definitely the time for an attic insulation upgrade—not only will it keep your home warmer during winter but it will also help keep it cooler during summer months too!
Even if you don’t own the property, it’s still worth talking to your landlord about what options are available for improving the insulation in your space.
Make sure you use high-quality insulation material with an R-value appropriate for where you live—check with local and state building codes if needed—and always wear safety gear while installing it yourself (or hire a professional if necessary).
Check Your Heating System
Your heating system should be serviced regularly, as even small issues can lead to higher energy bills. A well-maintained furnace can help you save money while ensuring your home stays nice and warm all season long.
Make sure that filters are being changed frequently, and that vents are free from dust and debris. To ensure you're changing your filters regularly, schedule an annual furnace tune-up with us. You should also ensure that all air ducts are properly sealed so you don’t lose any heat coming out of the vents. Click the above link to set up a time for our professional HVAC technician(s) to help make sure everything is running optimally.
This will not only help keep your energy bills in line but also make sure your system runs as safely and efficiently as possible.
Take Advantage of Natural Heat Sources
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, don't be afraid to take advantage of them this winter! They're great sources of natural heat, and they can also add a cozy ambiance to any room. Just be sure to get your chimney cleaned before lighting any fires, as doing so will help prevent smoke from getting into the house. Also, remember to close the damper when the fire is out so that heat doesn't escape up the chimney unnecessarily.
Other Ways To Stay Warm
In addition to making sure your heating system is running efficiently, there are other simple tricks you can use to keep warm without burning through energy bills:
Close curtains at night when temperatures drop outside.
Layer up around the house.
Keep doors shut between rooms (especially those with drafty windows).
Use rugs or carpets on cold floors for more efficient heat retention.
Make sure all floors have been vacuumed or swept clean of dirt and debris which could have an impact on airflow in your home.
Additionally, using a humidifier will help add moisture back into the air which will create warmth throughout the space without having to crank up the thermostat too high.
Whether you own or rent, there are plenty of ways to keep your home warm while also staying economical this winter season. Start by checking all insulation around windows, doors, walls and ducts; make sure all filters on heating systems have been replaced recently; invest in rugs or carpets; hang thick curtains; use humidifiers; and layer up! With these tips in mind, you'll be able to enjoy all the comforts of home without having to spend a fortune on energy bills or repairs.
With these simple strategies in place, you'll be able to enjoy a cozy winter at home without breaking the bank! Remember: keeping up with regular maintenance on your furnace, utilizing natural heat sources like fireplaces or wood stoves when available, and insulating properly are all key components for staying warm economically this winter season!