I am definitely a warm weather person who could almost do without any winter weather, except at Christmastime. I’m never going to be able to control the weather to make it just right for me, but what I can do is control the heating in our home to make it the most ideal. However, it’s always my goal to do that without spending bookoo bucks. We’re spending a lot more time at home this winter, and we have a little one to think about. So, keeping the house warm and cozy is a top priority, so I’ve come up with a few tips for maximizing our winter heating so we can stay warm and still save money. Check out my tips and let me know if you have any of your own!
1. Perform Regular System Maintenance
Having your furnace serviced regularly is the best thing you can do to promote heating efficiency and keep your costs low. We always schedule to have our furnace done in fall before we start using it. Doing so, the service technician is able to replace the filters and identify any other issues that may be causing the furnace to work harder than it needs to.
2. Add Curtains
I know it sounds silly but installing curtains in any room is a great way to add a little insulation and keep the room even warmer. When we first moved into our house, we actually made some huge curtains for our large windows out of drop cloths. They were cost-effective to make and helped us save on winter heating.
3. Get a Door Cozy
A door cozy or draft guard is a great way to seal off the space between your door and the floor. We just got these for our home this year, and it’s already making a difference with keeping our living spaces warmer. The best thing is these take no time to install (you just lay them in front of the door), and they don’t cost very much initially.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat to Control Winter Heating
A programmable thermostat is another great way to maximize your winter heating. With this type of thermostat, you’ll be able to turn the heat back when you’re not home but have your spaces warm and cozy by the time you return. These units are cheap, easy to install, and will save you a lot over time!
5. Promote Heat Flow
Allowing the heat source to flow freely in your home is an important way to promote heating efficiency. Be sure to keep vents uncovered. Move any furniture, rugs, or draperies away from the vents. Also, consider switching your fans to the winter setting and running them during the winter to promote effective air circulation.
Managing the heat in your home is an important component for saving money. These aren’t the only ways to help you maximize your winter heating efficiency, but they are a few of the easiest and most cost-effective.
How do you keep your home warm and cozy in the winter? Do you have any winter heating tips?