Heating Your Home
You don’t have to break your bank to stay warm and comfortable during the winter season. There are several steps that can be taken to reduce energy bills, without even touching the thermometer or heating system. Window treatments should remain open all day long to allow natural solar radiation to enter a home and heat up the interior space. During the evening and night hours, insulated curtains and drapes can contain all of the heat that has accumulated inside the home. Additionally, window treatments can prevent cold drafts that can quickly cool a room.
You can also use your ceiling fan to circulate warm air that tends to rise. Simply reverse the direction on the fan blades to keep a natural flow of hot air throughout the living room or dining room.
If you have a fireplace, make sure that the chimney’s flue is closed when the fireplace is not in use. Otherwise, a large volume of warm air might escape your home through a tall vertical chimney that’s engineered to create a natural effect of suction.
Inspect all door and window frames for any cracks and openings. A small application of sealant or caulk can quickly fix such problems that can cause cold crafts. Additionally, you may install some foam weatherstrips to add some extra insulation to the edges of doors and windows. Speaking of insulation, make sure that exterior walls and attics have plenty of glass wool or foam sheets installed. Moisture can significantly lower the effectiveness of insulation, so be sure to conduct routine inspections between your walls, floors, and ceilings.
A programmable thermostat will allow you to efficiently manage the climate control system. Automatic settings can be set to lower the temperatures at night and maintain a comfortable temperature during the day, when the home is occupied by somebody. Mobile apps can also be used to remotely regulate modern thermostats.