Yeah…you could put on 6 layers of clothing and spend your whole day under a blanket just to stay warm and comfortable inside your own home. But, really, who wants to do that?
You want to dress in your normal clothing and live the way you want on your terms. You don’t want to make all these ridiculous changes to your lifestyle just so you can stay a little bit warmer.
If you don’t want to make personal lifestyle changes, here are some things you can do to make sure your home stays warm and comfortable during fall and winter:
1. If You Have a Fireplace or Wood-Burning or Pellet-Burning Furnace…
First, if you also have forced air, turn the fan on to help circulate heat. Make sure your ceiling fans rotate clockwise so they pull cool air up off the floor and push warm air down. And also keep them running at their lowest speed. If you don’t, you’ll simply feel the chill from the cool breeze they create.
You can also get as low-tech as a box-fan. Simply set the fan to low, and face it into space where your fireplace or wood-burning stove is so it blows cool air directly at the unit. What this does is cause a convection-reaction that forces the hot air away from the heat source.
If that doesn’t get you comfortable, you may need to do some minor renovations. For example, you might add a vent over the burning unit that allows warm air into the rooms above.
2. Make Sure You Have Good Insulation
To keep the warm air circulating around your home, the only other thing you can do is to make sure most of it actually stays inside. Windows, doors, and your attic are the greatest sources of heat loss.
So, make sure you have door seals on all your doors. Get some plastic covering the interior of all your windows. Seal your attic door. And if you have the money, make sure you have your attic’s insulation at the proper depth. You could also do the same for your walls. But, the return on your investment is much lesser there.
However, do be aware that making your money back on insulation usually takes just a few years. So, it’s one of the wiser energy savings investments you can make.
That’s all there is to it. Which of these tips will you implement to keep your heating costs low this year?