Whether you bundle up with a ton of blankets, or find yourself craving a hot drink, winter seems to make you cold no matter how high you set the thermostat. Now that winter is in full swing, you may be wondering how to keep your home cozy when it is so chilly outside. There are several ways to keep your home well insulated and trap the heat inside; you just need to learn a few tricks.
Invest in a Draft Stopper
Many homes seem to have a slight draft underneath the front or back door so investing in a draft stopper to seal the space between the door and the floor will help keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside. If you are unable to purchase one, it is easy to make your own by lining the area with an old towel or rug.
Applying caulk to the inside of your windows is an inexpensive and easy way to help keep the cold air out. Many people live in older homes that may not have well-insulated windows so applying caulk to the lining is a great alternative to investing a lot of money in new windows. Just go to your local home improvement store to find some and get tips on how to apply it.
Close your Curtains
Closing your curtains once it gets dark will insulate your house from any drafts that may still be coming through the cold glass of your windows. However, during the day when the sun is shining, leave the curtains open to allow sunlight to shine in and naturally warm the room.
Close off Unused Rooms
If you live alone or have rooms you don’t use very often, keep those doors and vents closed to avoid heating rooms you won’t be using. This will allow the heat to travel to the rooms you and your family frequent, keeping you warmer and your costs down.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Purchasing a programmable thermostat can do wonders for your heating bills during the cold winter months. Applying settings that will keep the heat lower during the day when the sun is shining, and at night when you are sleeping will save a lot of money, and keep the house on a stable heating cycle at all times. While investing in the thermostat, it is also a good idea to get your furnace checked out. HomeSmart from Xcel Energy recommends you change your filter at least annually and get your furnace serviced to stay safe all year long.
It doesn’t take much to make a world of difference in keeping your home warm and cozy this winter. By following a few helpful tips, you will find your home stays warmer and your bills get lower.