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Ideas to keep you warm at home this winter….

 Warm at Home

The winter months are fast approaching, and with winter comes the need to have all household utilities working. Having a heater available is obviously the most important utility needed in order to make it through the colder months.

Having a functional heating system is obviously of utmost importance in winter, and so the first thing that should be done is making sure that the thermostat inside the house is working properly. This is crucial for being sure that homeowners can control the flow of heat throughout the house. With this in mind it can also be a wise idea to make sure the thermostat is programmable, so that it can automatically detect how the flow should work, as well as cutting down on heating costs. 

 Alongside managing the thermostat, it is also a good idea to make sure the ventilation in the house is cleared of anything blocking the vents. This is because a clogged venting system will lead to lower output of heat because it will end up being wasted in other places.

Keep the air filter clear on any heaters to minimize the energy used. This can also reduce colds and flus in the colder months. Shut the doors to the rooms you are not using and switch all heating off in those rooms.

Let the sun in. On a sunny day, fling open all the blinds and curtains on the sunny side of the house. You’d be surprised how much natural heat is drawn into the room. It also floods the house with more light – and so helps you feel instantly better in the depths of winter. Just make sure you close the curtains once the sun moves. And hang heavy curtains rather than blackout blinds..

Thick socks keep my feet warm even if I keep the temperature in the house low, and feet are one of the primary thermal indicators for the body as well as being a relatively poorly circulated extremity. Keep the feet warm and the rest of you will be fine.

Who wants to go out to eat in the deepest part of winter anyway? Stay home and cook something in the oven. Not only will the food preparation save you money, you’ll also find that the oven is far more energy efficient in the winter. How so? It works with the warming of your house rather than against the summer cooling of your house.

Dress warm. Yes, you can save money this winter by simply putting on more clothes. A light sweater will add about 2 degrees of warmth and a heavy sweater about 4 degrees. The warmer you are, the less heat you’ll have to use at home.

Cover your windows with plastic. Most hardware or discount stores sell window insulation kits, which place a layer of plastic over windows that helps to guard against drafts. Window insulation, when combined with draft snakes, can save a lot on home energy costs.

Reverse your ceiling fans. Many ceiling fans come with a switch that changes the blades’ direction. In a counter clockwise direction the blades will produce cool breezes. When going clockwise, however, they produce warm air.

Each of these small things can easily be sorted and will make sure your home is toastier in the coming months.

 

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