The winter months are long. The brutal cold does not make it any easier. You might be tempted to turn up the thermostat. However, blasting the heat is not the best or most efficient way, to beat the cold.
In fact, there are other ways that are just as easy. These can cut down on your heating bills. Additionally, the lower demand on the heating system can mean less maintenance down the road.
You can warm up the home without blasting the heat by in the following five ways.
1. Letting in More Natural Light
During a winter day, the limited sunshine can still provide warmth. Open up the curtains and blinds to let the natural light in. The energy from the sun will warm things up, and it’s free.
Cover the windows again at night to prevent this heat from escaping. If you’re concerned about losing heat, thicker curtains are better. Some curtains even have thermal linings that add efficiency.
2. Re-Positioning the Furniture
Many people think about comfort, convenience, and style when placing their furniture. Where you put the sofa or bed, however, makes a big difference in heating.
If a piece of furniture blocks the radiator, a good deal of heating capacity may be lost. Try arranging furniture such that air flow is optimized. Thus, your house will stay warm longer, without keeping the heat on for more hours.
3. Sealing Up the Chimney
Fireplaces are often there for decorative purposes. However, even if you don’t use yours, it can still be a source of heat loss. It’s not difficult or expensive to stop cold air from entering or heat from escaping.
A draft stopper or chimney balloon can be placed inside the chimney. There are woolen chimney insulators as well. You wouldn’t want to start up a fire with these installed. Though, they help keep things warm during the winter.
4. Eliminating Drafts
Entry points for drafts include letterboxes, flaps for dogs or cats, and keyholes. A keyhole cover works. In the case of a pet door, sheep’s wool insulation or a piece of blanket will do.
Check every room for the sources of drafts. Many can be sealed with a caulking gun and a draft excluder. Therefore, gaps in your walls or windows don’t contribute to a costly loss of heat.
5. Leaving a Door Open
If you cook, don’t close the oven door so quickly when you’re done. Leftover heat can circulate around in the kitchen and then to other rooms. This is one instance when leaving a door open will keep heat in. Yet, then again you can rely on ThinkHeat and Quarles. They ensure there’s enough propane and oil for your heating system to warm things up.