5 Extreme Cold Weather Home Heating Tips for Winter

As the winter temperatures continue to drop, it is essential that you keep your home warm and cozy all season long. Often doing this can be difficult as well as expensive if you don’t have a plan! Instead of wasting energy and constantly cranking up the thermostat, consider some other methods. Here are 5 extreme cold weather home heating tips for winter.

  1. Check windows and doors for drafts and leaks. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly, especially those that are facing the exterior of your home. Often heat loss is increased when windows and doors are not properly maintained. As the temperatures shift, the windows and doors expand and contract, leading to gaps, holes, cracks and leaks around the edges. These spaces allow frigid, cold air to come into your home while also allowing warm, comfortable air out. This makes it hard to keep a consistent temperature in your home, plus it causes your heating system to work in overdrive to try and keep your home at the desired temperature you have set, wasting lots of energy and your hard earned money! Solve this problem quickly and easily by caulking the edges of your windows and doors. You can purchase caulk at any local hardware or home and garden center. Apply caulk liberally and work it in to the spaces. Then, remove excess with a towel for a clean, smooth finish.
  2. Another way to keep your home warmer during the cold winter months is to ensure that your attic is properly insulated. All too often homeowners think their attics are insulated well enough, but in reality the insulation is minimal and ineffective. Hire a professional to come in and inspect your attic insulation. They can add extra insulation to ensure that when heat rises from your home, it stays inside where it belong instead of escaping out through the roof.
  3. Utilize ceiling fans. Often we think of ceiling fans when we want to cool ourselves down in the summer, but fans can actually help a great deal in the winter too! They are also an affordable way to warm up your home. Set the fan to turn in a clockwise motion by flipping a switch on the fan itself, pushing warm air from the ceiling, down to the floor level where you can feel it and enjoy it. The fans will also help to circulate air throughout the room or your home, helping to maintain an even and consistent temperature throughout, instead of warm and cold patches.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to enter settings for different times of the day so that the thermostat will automatically adjust based on your schedule. This means less tampering with the settings throughout the day and a more energy efficient heating system in your home. Depending on the model you get, you can set temperatures for the day, night, and enter different settings for the week and weekends. These settings can allow you to enter in a time when you leave for work during the day so that the heat will lower, and then you can set the heat to turn back on 30 minutes before you arrive home so that you come back to a comfortable house!
  5. Finally, consider closing doors to rooms you don’t frequently use. This will keep the heat in your home within a centralized location so that it can be enjoyed instead of dispersed into rooms that no one uses often such as a den or an office.

All of these tips will help you to enjoy a more energy efficient home that will keep you warm all winter, even in the coldest of conditions. Some of these tips will even help to insulate your home in the summer months so you can use theĀ tips to beat the heat as well!

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