How to Maximize Heat Efficiency in Your Home in Winter

There are some really beautiful things that come with the winter season. There’s snow. There are sweaters, boots and cute little mittens to put on. There’s even warm apple cider or hot cocoa. But when it’s freezing outside, the last thing that any of us want to do is walk into our houses and still feel a chill inside. At the same time, something else that we all want to avoid is breaking our budget on energy bills as we strive to keep the rooms of our house at a comfortable temperature.

So in order to help you maximize the heat efficiency in your home this winter, we have provided you with five tips to help you to do just that without spending a ton of money on your energy bills below:

Check your insulation. Something that definitely helps to protect your house from extreme outdoor temperatures is the insulation that is in your attic. That’s why a couple of times per year, it’s a good idea to go up there and check for any signs of wear and tear. Remember that according to contractors, your insulation should be 12″ thick to give you the best results. If yours is not, put down a new layer of insulation that’s made out of aerogel, cotton or sheep’s wool. Those are eco-friendly materials which will be safe for both you as well as your home.

Put up some blackout curtains. If you already have some double-pane windows, then you are already well on your way to keeping the heat inside of your home. But if you don’t or you would like an extra layer of protection on them, put up some blackout curtains. They are made out of a material that is specifically made to trap in the warmth inside of your house while blocking out the outside cold at the same time.

Turn your ceiling fans around. Did you know that your ceiling fans are actually one of the best ways to keep the rooms in your house warmer all winter long? By turning them around to rotate counterclockwise, you actually pull the air that has risen from the ceiling down closer to where you are. That way, you don’t have to turn up your thermostat, which can ultimately cost you more money on your electricity bill.

Install a programmable thermostat. Here’s something that just might surprise you: Did you know that in order to keep the rooms in your house feeling warm all year long, your thermostat needs to be set to no higher than 73 degrees? You can insure this is the case by installing a programmable thermostat. That way, you can set your house to be one temperature when you’re home and another when you’re away.

Get your HVAC unit professionally serviced. Something that you definitely don’t want to go without during the winter season is your HVAC unit. So, if you happen to notice that it’s shorting out a lot, it has water leaks or it’s more than 10-years-old, these are all potential¬†signs to replace your system. However, even if it appears that your unit is working well, we still recommend that you get it professionally serviced twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall. That way, you can get your air ducts cleaned, your filter changed and a technician can look to see if there are any other issues that might need to be addressed. That way, your unit can effectively heat your house all winter long.

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