8 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

8 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

8 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

8 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Energy bills are the ultimate gift of coal this holiday season due to the hundreds if not thousands of dollars we spend to keep our families warm during the winter months. Our ancestors knew how to keep warm well before advanced environmental physics, and infrared cameras came to our rescue. We can still apply their old methods to reduce the cost factor of modern day heating systems.

When you have a home that is poorly insulated the external walls can still be a few degrees chillier than the heat that is emitted by your central heating system because of the radiation surrounding the home which will leave you with heated air inside the home but walls that are cold to the touch. There are some methods to combat this and minimize your heating bills. Here are 8 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter.

1. Close Curtains

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Keep your curtains closed at night time if you use single glazed windows that are prone to getting cold at night. So if your internal room temperature is 20°C, expect your windows to be nearly 7°C on a cold evening as you will notice on the image using an infrared camera. However, during the daylight hours keep those curtains open as the sun will warm up your room.

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If your home uses double glazed windows, you can expect the windows to reach a low 14°C regardless when the room temperature is sitting at 20° as they aren’t the best insulators, as well.  Close your curtains and blinds right after dusk and open them up at sunrise for optimal performance. That way you have an additional heating barrier due to the radiant heat loss.

2. Cover Your Walls

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Cover your walls with mirrors, bookshelves, pictures, and anything you can think of that would provide any additional insulation. Even having your walls made of stone or solid brick can become cold and allow the heat from your home to leave. A wall can be a few degrees lower than the room’s air temperature.

3. Cover Your Front Door

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(Image credit: Pinterest)Doors don’t always make the best insulation and can allow a draft to enter a room. Cover all of your doors that lead outside with a thick lined door curtain. The door curtain will help keep the heat from escaping the room wasting energy.

4.  Reverse Your Ceiling Fan’s Direction

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Set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise to prevent a cold draft from entering the room, and it will push the air upward to blend with the rising heat. Once the heat mixes with the air from the fan, it will migrate down to your seating level to give warmth.

5. Position Your Furniture For Warmth

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Positioning your furniture into the center of the room will keep the chill from the cold external walls off of you. Since the walls are much colder than the air inside the room, you will stay warmer with your couches, beds, chairs in the middle of the room.

6. Close Off Unused Rooms

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If there is an unused room in your home, that doesn’t require warmth we suggest you place a draft stopper to seal it up. There’s no reason for wasting money in heating a room that is not used to keep your family comfortable. The bigger the home, the higher the energy bill will be to heat every room in the house. Close off attics, storage areas, and unused rooms for a cheap utility bill this winter season.

7. Keep the Oven Door Open

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The wintertime is the perfect time to bake warm casseroles, gingerbread cookies, and hot apple pies. Since you already have to pay the heating bill for cooking the food, you might as well enjoy the warmth that is already inside the oven to allow it to spread out the within the rooms – the aroma from the food travel through with it, too!

8. Bubble Wrap Your Windows

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Winterizing your windows with bubble wrap could have the potential of reducing your home’s heating bill by almost 50%. If you have any wrap leftover from moving into your home, the savings can start right away. It may not give your house the curb appeal you’d like but think about the money you can save on landscaping in the summertime.

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