So you want to keep your house as warm as possible this winter, but you also aren’t looking to make any huge investments?
Check out these 8, proven ways to make your house as warm as possible, without breaking the bank.
1. Use rugs on your floors (or another kind of layer)
Floors can account for 10 percent of heat loss when they are not insulated, according to the National Energy Foundation. If you have tile floors or hardwood, using large rugs can actually keep heat from escaping. The added benefit is that you’ll be adding style to your room (1)!
2. Use your bathroom fan minimally
Using your bathroom fan is great if you have a humidity issue, but during the winter, your exhaust fan can end up taking the hot air out of your home, causing your furnace to have to work a bit harder. Be sure to not let them run after you are done using them, or don’t even use them at all, if possible (1).
3. Windows, windows, windows
Whether it is thick curtains or a pelmet, you can keep your current ones, but still create more insulation, if you are experiencing heat loss through your windows. Take advantage of closing your blinds or closing your curtains when your heat is turned on. You can also apply caulk to better seal air leaks around windows.
4. Bring on the sunlight
Even though you want your blinds closed when it’s cold or dark out, if it’s very sunny, it’s time to take advantage of the sun, which gives you a bit of free heat. Depending on what side of your house your windows are in, it can really add up. Another benefit? This kind of sunlight can also trigger the release of serotonin (2), which means you’ll be in a good mood while saving money!
5. Check your vents
Anything blocking your vents can cause your air flow to be affected. It could be furniture or it could be something just being temporarily stored in front of a vent; you might be surprised but just how many things can be in the way of your vents. Either way, when vents are obstructed it can keep you from reaching maximum air flow. Make it a habit to try to regularly check around the house to be sure your vents are able to work without obstruction.
6. Close your doors!
As obvious as it may sound, when you close a door, you keep heat trapped in a room. This can often be effective for rooms that tend to be colder than other areas of your home. Ask us for more specific situations in your home depending on location of the room, usage of the room, in case you have an example of where this is not quite the case.
7. Get an energy audit
We offer energy audits that identify specific areas of your home that can benefit from changes upgrades or modifications to keep you warm during these next few months. From examining your insulation, ductwork and ventilation, our technicians can lay out for you exactly where you are losing energy, and how you can save money by making changes. Whether or not you want to make the changes is always up to you!
We also offer both heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators. These can improve indoor air quality through ventilation without blowing heated or cooled air out the window. These systems are integrated into your ventilation system and transfer heat from indoor air to outdoor air as it is exchanged. You get fresh air and retain all of the heat or cooling produced by your HVAC system.
8. Keep on cleaning
Although dirt in the home can impact our air quality and our health, it can also impact the ability of heat to flow through your home. For most people, a little extra dust and dirt won’t have a major impact, but in certain areas where this is a problem, it can impact air flow and be detrimental to your health…All the more motivation to keep your house clean on a regular basis.
Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency & Start Seeing the Savings Today
Give the HVAC experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915 to learn more about the steps you can take to improve your energy efficiency.